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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650991/distinguishing-functional-polymorphism-from-random-variation-in-the-sequences-of-10-000-hla-a-b-and-c-alleles
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James Robinson, Lisbeth A Guethlein, Nezih Cereb, Soo Young Yang, Paul J Norman, Steven G E Marsh, Peter Parham
HLA class I glycoproteins contain the functional sites that bind peptide antigens and engage lymphocyte receptors. Recently, clinical application of sequence-based HLA typing has uncovered an unprecedented number of novel HLA class I alleles. Here we define the nature and extent of the variation in 3,489 HLA-A, 4,356 HLA-B and 3,111 HLA-C alleles. This analysis required development of suites of methods, having general applicability, for comparing and analyzing large numbers of homologous sequences. At least three amino-acid substitutions are present at every position in the polymorphic α1 and α2 domains of HLA-A, -B and -C...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650970/point-of-care-testing-for-toxoplasma-gondii-igg-igm-using-toxoplasma-ict-igg-igm-test-with-sera-from-the-united-states-and-implications-for-developing-countries
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Ian J Begeman, Joseph Lykins, Ying Zhou, Bo Shiun Lai, Pauline Levigne, Kamal El Bissati, Kenneth Boyer, Shawn Withers, Fatima Clouser, A Gwendolyn Noble, Peter Rabiah, Charles N Swisher, Peter T Heydemann, Despina G Contopoulos-Ioannidis, Jose G Montoya, Yvonne Maldonado, Raymund Ramirez, Cindy Press, Eileen Stillwaggon, François Peyron, Rima McLeod
BACKGROUND: Congenital toxoplasmosis is a serious but preventable and treatable disease. Gestational screening facilitates early detection and treatment of primary acquisition. Thus, fetal infection can be promptly diagnosed and treated and outcomes can be improved. METHODS: We tested 180 sera with the Toxoplasma ICT IgG-IgM point-of-care (POC) test. Sera were from 116 chronically infected persons (48 serotype II; 14 serotype I-III; 25 serotype I-IIIa; 28 serotype Atypical, haplogroup 12; 1 not typed)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649091/the-penetrance-of-men2-pheochromocytoma-is-not-only-determined-by-ret-mutations
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Frederic Castinetti, Ana Luiza Maia, Mariola Peczkowska, Marta Barontini, Kornelia Hasse-Lazar, Thera P Links, Rodrigo Almeida Toledo, Sarka Dvorakova, Caterina Mian, Maria Joao Bugalho, Stefania Zovato, Maria Alevizaki, Andrei Kvachenyuk, Birke Bausch, Paola Loli, Simona Raluca Bergmann, Attila Patocs, Marija Pfeifer, Fina Biarnes, Ernst von Dobschuetz, Claudio Letizia, Gerlof D Valk, Marcin Barczynski, Malgorzata Czetwertynska, John Tm Plukker, Paola Sartorato, Tomas Zelinka, Petr Vlcek, Svetlana Yaremchuk, Georges Weryha, Letizia Canu, Nelson Wohllk, Frederic Sebag, Martin K Walz, Charis Eng, Hartmut P H Neumann
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A) is a rare syndrome which main component is medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). The natural history of MTC is mainly determined by RET mutations. The second main component of MEN2A is pheochromocytoma. The latest American Thyroid Association guidelines suggested ages to begin biological screening for pheochromocytoma depending on RET mutations. However, other factors could modify the natural history of pheochromocytoma. We collected data from a large international cohort, based on 812 patients, and grouped them according to 4 geographical areas: South America, Southern Europe, Central Europe and Western Europe...
June 25, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648240/eventual-sport-performance-level-what-about-the-role-of-type-of-sport-perception-of-critical-life-events-and-practice-quality
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Tynke Toering
The target article describes an interesting study, which provides some challenging findings regarding athletes' pathway to excellence. The suggested links between critical life events, need for success, personal characteristics, and eventual performance level make sense from a psychodynamic perspective. This commentary will discuss some critical points related to the application of the findings in talent identification and -development programs. These are (1) the possible effect of the selection of participants on the results (including the impact of dependence on others for team sport athletes and the opportunity for multiple medal attainment), (2) a lack of detail in the description of how the athletes approached the critical life events (the perception of an event may contribute more to development than the event itself), and (3) a lack of detail in the description of the practice process throughout development...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647984/-screening-on-key-techniques-used-for-surveillance-and-disposal-of-public-health-emergencies
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Q R Zhu, L Yang, H Y Ma, W Q Xie, L M Cong, L W Xu
Objective: To explore the key techniques used for surveillance and disposal of infectious diseases, food poisoning and hospital infection to improve the ability of surveillance and disposal on public health emergency. Methods: Framework on surveillance and disposal of infectious diseases, food poisoning and hospital infection was set up, based on literature review and expert group discussion. Delphi method and technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution comprehensive evaluation method were used for ordering preference by similarity, to screen key techniques set for surveillance and disposal of the above said events...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647981/-disparities-of-sex-on-cancer-incidence-and-mortality-in-jiashan-county-zhejiang-province-1990-2014
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X Y Jiang, Y Q Hu, D Ye, Q L Li, K Chen, M J Jin
Objective: This study aimed to describe the sex disparities on cancer incidence and mortality in Jiashan population. Methods: All data concerning incident and death cases of cancers were gathered from the database of Cancer Registry in Jiashan county. Data from the 2010 China census was used as the standard population. Sex-specific age-standardized incidence rates (ASIRs), mortality rates (ASMRs) per 100 000 persons for all cancers and types of each cancer were calculated for the years of 1990 to 1999, 2000 to 2009, 2010 to 2014, and 1990 to 2014...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647925/psychobehavioral-effects-of-meditation
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Mieczyslaw Pokorski, Anna Suchorzynska
Meditation is an increasingly popular psychobehavioral therapy. Various meditation techniques in use make it hard to objectively scrutinize the psychological benefits. Therefore, in this study we set out to examine the effects of two fundamentally different meditative techniques, Zazen, 'seated meditation', in which the body and mind are calmed, and Tai Chi, 'meditation in motion', based on energetic martial art performance. The aim was to compare the effects of both techniques on personality structure, emotional intelligence, mood, and coping with stress...
June 25, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646959/is-chickenpox-so-bad-what-do-we-know-about-immunity-to-varicella-zoster-virus-and-what-does-it-tell-us-about-the-future
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Anne A Gershon
Varicella and zoster continue to cause significant morbidity and even mortality in children and adults. Complications include bacterial superinfection, central nervous system manifestations such as meningitis, encephalitis, and cerebellar ataxia, and pain syndromes especially post herpetic neuralgia. Many developed countries but not all, are now administering live attenuated varicella vaccine routinely, with a decrease in the incidence of disease, providing personal and herd immunity. There is some controversy, however, in some countries concerning whether a decrease in the circulation of wild type virus will result in loss of immunity to VZV in persons who have already had varicella...
June 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646837/microbiological-purity-assessment-of-cosmetics-used-by-one-and-several-persons-and-cosmetics-after-their-expiry-date
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Krzysztof Skowron, Agnieszka Jakubicz, Anna Budzyńska, Agnieszka Kaczmarek, Katarzyna Grudlewska, Adrian Reśliński, Eugenia Gospodarek-Komkowska
Background: Microbiological purity of cosmetics provides safety of users during their use, prevents physicochemical changes of a preparation, infections and diseases of the skin. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the level of microbiological contamination of cosmetics used by one person and by several people and cosmetics after their expiry date in relations to standards for marketed cosmetics, ensuring safety of their use. Material and Methods: This study was conducted using 55 samples representing 19 types of cosmetics, divided into three groups: used by one person, used by several people and after the expiry date...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646509/resistance-to-group-clinical-supervision-a-semistructured-interview-study-of-non-participating-mental-health-nursing-staff-members
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Niels Buus, Cynthia Delgado, Michael Traynor, Henrik Gonge
This present study is a report of an interview study exploring personal views on participating in group clinical supervision among mental health nursing staff members who do not participate in supervision. There is a paucity of empirical research on resistance to supervision, which has traditionally been theorized as a supervisee's maladaptive coping with anxiety in the supervision process. The aim of the present study was to examine resistance to group clinical supervision by interviewing nurses who did not participate in supervision...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646241/never-forget-a-name-white-matter-connectivity-predicts-person-memory
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Athanasia Metoki, Kylie H Alm, Yin Wang, Chi T Ngo, Ingrid R Olson
Through learning and practice, we can acquire numerous skills, ranging from the simple (whistling) to the complex (memorizing operettas in a foreign language). It has been proposed that complex learning requires a network of brain regions that interact with one another via white matter pathways. One candidate white matter pathway, the uncinate fasciculus (UF), has exhibited mixed results for this hypothesis: some studies have shown UF involvement across a range of memory tasks, while other studies report null results...
June 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645995/mepolizumab-for-the-treatment-of-severe-eosinophilic-asthma
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Mara N Poulakos, Shawna M Cargill, Melissa F Waineo, Allen L Wolford
PURPOSE: Published data on the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and clinical efficacy and safety of the interleukin-5 antagonist mepolizumab are reviewed. SUMMARY: Asthma of the eosinophilic phenotype is characterized by persistent eosinophilic airway inflammation promoted primarily by T-helper type 2 cytokines, the key regulator of eosinophils. Patients with severe eosinophilic asthma are burdened by the need to administer high doses of corticosteroids to help manage their symptoms...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645934/repeated-measurements-of-cardiac-biomarkers-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-validation-of-the-abc-stroke-score-over-time
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Ziad Hijazi, Bertil Lindahl, Jonas Oldgren, Ulrika Andersson, Johan Lindbäck, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander, Bernard J Gersh, Michael Hanna, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Elaine M Hylek, Renato D Lopes, Agneta Siegbahn, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Cardiac biomarkers are independent risk markers in atrial fibrillation, and the novel biomarker-based ABC stroke score (age, biomarkers, and clinical history of prior stroke) was recently shown to improve the prediction of stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. Our aim was to investigate the short-term variability of the cardiac biomarkers and evaluate whether the ABC stroke risk score provides a stable short-term risk estimate. METHODS AND RESULTS: According to the study protocol, samples were obtained at entry and also at 2 months in 4796 patients with atrial fibrillation followed for a median of 1...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645850/biomechanical-analysis-using-fea-and-experiments-of-a-standard-plate-method-versus-three-cable-methods-for-fixing-acetabular-fractures-with-simultaneous-tha
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Mina S R Aziz, Omar Dessouki, Saeid Samiezadeh, Habiba Bougherara, Emil H Schemitsch, Radovan Zdero
Acetabular fractures potentially account for up to half of all pelvic fractures, while pelvic fractures potentially account for over one-tenth of all human bone fractures. This is the first biomechanical study to assess acetabular fracture fixation using plates versus cables in the presence of a total hip arthroplasty, as done for the elderly. In Phase 1, finite element (FE) models compared a standard plate method versus 3 cable methods for repairing an acetabular fracture (type: anterior column plus posterior hemi-transverse) subjected to a physiological-type compressive load of 2207N representing 3 x body weight for a 75kg person during walking...
June 20, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645631/outcomes-of-first-generation-egfr-tkis-against-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-harboring-uncommon-egfr-mutations-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-the-be-positive-study
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Sara Pilotto, Antonio Rossi, Tiziana Vavalà, Alessandro Follador, Marcello Tiseo, Domenico Galetta, Alessandro Morabito, Massimo Di Maio, Olga Martelli, Orazio Caffo, Pier Luigi Piovano, Diego Cortinovis, Nicoletta Zilembo, Clelia Casartelli, Giuseppe Luigi Banna, Antonio Ardizzoia, Maria Luisa Barzelloni, Alessandra Bearz, Giovenzio Genestreti, Claudia Mucciarini, Virginio Filipazzi, Jessica Menis, Elisa Rizzo, Fausto Barbieri, Erika Rijavec, Fabiana Cecere, Gianluca Spitaleri, Emilio Bria, Silvia Novello
BACKGROUND: Beyond progression after tyrosine kinase inhibitor in EGFR-positive non-small-cell lung cancer patients (BE-POSITIVE) was the first Italian multicenter observational study that reported the outcomes of first-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in a "real-life" Caucasian EGFR-mutated non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) population. The sharing of multi-institutional experiences represents a crucial strategy to enrich knowledge about uncommon EGFR mutations...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645305/high-expression-of-collagen-triple-helix-repeat-containing-1-cthrc1-facilitates-progression-of-oesophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-through-mapk-mek-erk-fra-1-activation
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Chunni Wang, Zitong Li, Fei Shao, Xueying Yang, Xiaoli Feng, Susheng Shi, Yibo Gao, Jie He
BACKGROUND: Oesophageal cancer is one of the most common malignancies worldwide,and oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is the predominant histological type both globally and in China. Collagen triple helix repeat containing 1 (CTHRC1) has been found to be upregulated in ESCC. However, its role in tumourigenesis and progression of ESCC remains unclear. METHODS: Using our previous ESCC mRNA profiling data, we screened upregulated genes to identify those required for proliferation...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645277/dignity-in-people-with-frontotemporal-dementia-and-similar-disorders-a-qualitative-study-of-the-perspective-of-family-caregivers
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Mette Sagbakken, Dagfinn Nåden, Ingun Ulstein, Kari Kvaal, Birgitta Langhammer, May-Karin Rognstad
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) constitutes on average 10-15% of dementia in younger persons (≤65 years old), but can also affect older people. These patients demonstrate a decline in social conduct, and/or language aphasias, apathy, and loss of insight that is gradual and progressive. Preservation of dignity seems to be highly relevant both before and after admission to different types of institutionalized care, but the research is scant. From the perspective of close relatives, this study aims to develop knowledge related to dignified or undignified care of patients with FTD and similar conditions...
June 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645260/within-class-differences-in-cancer-risk-for-sulfonylurea-treatments-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-zodiac-55-a-study-protocol
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Dennis Schrijnders, Geertruida H de Bock, Sebastiaan T Houweling, Kornelis J J van Hateren, Klaas H Groenier, Jeffrey A Johnson, Henk J G Bilo, Nanne Kleefstra, Gijs W D Landman
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at increased risk for developing cancer. As approximately 8% of the world's population is living with T2D, even a slight increase in cancer risk could result in an enormous impact on the number of persons developing cancer. In addition, several glucose lowering drug classes for treating patients with T2D have been associated with a difference in risk of cancer overall, and especially for obesity related cancers. In what way and to what degree cancer risk is modified by the use of different sulfonylureas (SU) is unclear...
June 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645252/statin-use-reduces-cardiovascular-events-and-all-cause-mortality-amongst-chinese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-5-year-cohort-study
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Colman Siu Cheung Fung, Eric Yuk Fai Wan, Anca Ka Chun Chan, Cindy Lo Kuen Lam
BACKGROUND: The benefit of statin on the management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) among Chinese patients in primary care is not clear nor fully implemented in clinical practice. This study aimed to evaluate and quantify the benefit of statin on the overall cardiovascular risk and all-cause mortality in patients with T2DM. METHODS: Uncomplicated diabetic patients with baseline low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) > 2.6 mmol/L and without statin use before baseline in 2010 were followed-up for 5 years for cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and all-cause mortality...
June 24, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645167/-it-s-important-but%C3%A2-perceived-barriers-and-situational-dependencies-to-social-contact-preferences-of-nursing-home-residents
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Katherine M Abbott, Lauren R Bangerter, Sarah Humes, Rachel Klumpp, Kimberly Van Haitsma
Background and Objectives: U.S. Nursing homes (NH) are shifting toward a person-centered philosophy of care, where staff understand each residents preferences, goals and values, and seek to honor them throughout the care delivery process. Social interactions are a major component of life and while low rates of social interactions are typically found among NH residents, little research has examined resident preferences for specific types of social interactions. The purpose of this study is to explore, from the perspective of the NH resident, barriers to social contact preferences and situations when social preferences change...
June 22, 2017: Gerontologist
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