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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820339/emergence-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-sri-lanka-a-newly-established-health-threat
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H V Y D Siriwardana, P Karunanayake, L Goonerathne, N D Karunaweera
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka is a new focus of human cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by a genetic variant of usually visceralizing parasite Leishmania donovani. Over 3000 cases have been reported to our institution alone, during the past two decades. Recent emergence of visceral leishmaniasis is of concern. METHODS: Patients suspected of having visceral leishmaniasis (n = 120) fulfilling at least two of six criteria (fever > 2 weeks, weight loss, tiredness affecting daily functions, splenomegaly, hepatomegaly and anemia) were studied using clinic-epidemiological, immunological and haematological parameters...
August 18, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818085/a-rare-case-of-acute-toxoplasmosis-in-a-stray-dog-due-to-infection-of-t-gondii-clonal-type-i-public-health-concern-in-urban-settings-with-stray-animals
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Sergio Migliore, Salvatore La Marca, Cristian Stabile, Vincenzo Di Marco Lo Presti, Maria Vitale
BACKGROUND: Typing of Toxoplasma gondii strains is important in epidemiological surveys, to understand the distribution and virulence of different clones of the parasite among human and animal populations. Stray dogs can be consider sentinel animals for contaminated environments playing an important but probably under- evaluated role in the epidemiology of T. gondii. We reported a rare case of acute toxoplasmosis in a stray dog due to clonal type I infection. The clonal type I, sporadic in Europe, is frequently associated with severe toxoplasmosis in humans and the control of its circulation is particularly relevant for public health...
August 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806822/-multiple-myeloma-current-status-in-diagnostic-testing-and-therapy
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Michael Kehrer, Sebastian Koob, Andreas Strauss, Dieter Christian Wirtz, Jan Schmolders
Background Multiple myeloma is a haematological blood cancer of the bone marrow and is classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a plasma cell neoplasm. In multiple myeloma, normal plasma cells transform into malignant myeloma cells and produce large quantities of an abnormal immunoglobulin called monoclonal protein or M protein. This ultimately causes multiple myeloma symptoms such as bone damage or kidney problems. The annual worldwide incidence of multiple myeloma is estimated to be 6 - 7/100,000 and accounts for 1% of all cancer...
August 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806272/is-there-a-standard-of-care-for-transfusion-support-of-patients-with-haematological-malignancies
#4
Jingcheng Zhao, Gustaf Edgren, Simon J Stanworth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with haematological malignancies are a high-user group for blood transfusions. Here, we describe the current evidence on transfusion policies in patients with haematological malignancies, based on recent systematic reviews of RCTs. RECENT FINDINGS: Results from six RCTs (1195 participants) suggest that prophylactic platelet transfusions reduce bleeding compared with therapeutic-only use, although the effects varied according to patient diagnosis/treatment plan...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805085/strategies-to-release-doxorubicin-from-doxorubicin-delivery-vehicles
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Juan Li, Bin Zhang, Chunwen Yue, Jing Wu, Lanxia Zhao, Deqing Sun, Rongmei Wang
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most effective cytotoxic anticancer drugs and has been successfully applied in clinics to treat haematological malignancies and a broad range of solid tumours. However, the clinical applications of DOX have long been limited due to severe dose-dependent toxicities. Recent advances in the development of DOX delivery vehicles have addressed some of the non-specific toxicity challenges associated with DOX. These DOX-loaded vehicles are designed to release DOX in cancer cells effectively by cutting off linkers between DOX and carriers response to stimuli...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802807/acute-phase-response-in-babesia-canis-and-dirofilaria-immitis-co-infections-in-dogs
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Zorana Milanović, Anja Ilić, Jelena Francuski Andrić, Vladimir Radonjić, Anđelo Beletić, Milica Kovačević Filipović
Babesia canis and Dirofilaria immitis are emerging and geographically overlapping vector-borne pathogens in dogs. Infection with B. canis leads to acute-phase response (APR) that can be mild to severe and results in either non-complicated or complicated forms of the disease. The aim of this study was to determine whether acute B. canis infection is more severe in dogs with underlying asymptomatic D. immitis infection. Dogs of both sexes, different ages and breeds, with naturally occurring mono-infections with B...
August 2, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802424/can-antibiotic-impregnated-cement-nail-achieve-both-infection-control-and-bony-union-in-infected-diaphyseal-femoral-non-unions
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Chetan Pradhan, Atul Patil, Chetan Puram, Dheeraj Attarde, Parag Sancheti, Ashok Shyam
BACKGROUND: Infected non-union is complex and debilitating disorder affecting orthopaedic surgeon and patient in terms of cost and time. Many methods are described in the literature for treatment of infected non-union. Local high concentration of antibiotic and mechanical stability of antibiotic cement impregnated intramedullary nail (ACIIN) proves cost and time effective. Recently it was suggested that ACIIN can achieve both union and infection control in infected non-unions with bone gap less than 4cm...
August 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801348/incidental-detection-of-germline-variants-of-potential-clinical-significance-by-massively-parallel-sequencing-in-haematological-malignancies
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Costas K Yannakou, Kate Jones, Georgina L Ryland, Ella R Thompson, Gareth Reid, Michelle McBean, Alison Trainer, David Westerman, Piers Blombery
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) technology has become routinely available for diagnosis, prognostication and therapeutic decision-making in haematological malignancies. However, increased throughput and wider coverage of genes can have unintended consequences. Germline variants of potential clinical significance (GVPCSs) detected during cancer testing may have implications for patients and families beyond the biological evaluation of a specific tumour. 721 reports generated from MPS panels used in the routine testing of myeloid and lymphoid malignancies were reviewed and variants within genes of potential germline relevance (TP53, RUNX1, GATA2 and WT1 in all contexts and CBL, KRAS and NRAS in the setting of juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia) were analysed...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800058/effectiveness-of-mifamurtide-in-addition-to-standard-chemotherapy-for-high-grade-osteosarcoma-a-systematic-review
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Rincy Jimmy, Cindy Stern, Karolina Lisy, Sarahlouise White
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma mostly occurs during the period of rapid bone growth in children and adolescents as high-grade osteosarcomas. Current treatment recommended for high-grade non-metastatic and metastatic and/or relapsed osteosarcoma involves neoadjuvant multiagent conventional chemotherapy, followed by surgical resection of macroscopically detected tumor and postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy. However, residual micrometastatic deposits that develop following surgery have shown resistance to postoperative/adjuvant chemotherapy...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799187/safety-evaluation-of-combination-carboplatin-and-toceranib-phosphate-palladia-in-tumour-bearing-dogs-a-phase-i-dose-finding-study
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R M Wouda, S E Hocker, M L Higginbotham
Combining conventional cytotoxic maximum tolerated dose (MTD) chemotherapy with low-dose metronomic and/or anti-angiogenic agents is a exciting area of oncologic research. The objective of this study was to establish the MTD, safety and adverse event (AE) profile of 1 such drug combination. This prospective phase I dose-finding clinical trial assumed an open-label 3 + 3 cohort design. Client-owned dogs with 1 or more cytologically and/or histologically confirmed and macroscopically measurable, naive or recurrent, malignant tumours, were enrolled...
August 10, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798244/atypical-haemolytic-uremic-syndrome-ahus-and-membranoproliferative-glomerulonephritis-mpgn-different-diseases-or-a-spectrum-of-complement-mediated-glomerular-diseases
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Ghada A Ankawi, William F Clark
Historically, patients with kidney diseases caused by genetic or acquired dysregulation of the complement alternative pathway have been grouped into clinical syndromes, C3 glomerulopathy (C3GN/DDD) and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), specifically atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). Recent data suggested that these diseases share a common pathophysiology and that patients can transition between glomerulopathies in this spectrum. Histopathologically, the main difference cited is the immunofluorescence (IF) findings, with C3 predominance in C3 glomerulopathy (compared with immunoglobulins and complements in immune complex-mediated membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN)) and negative IF in TMA...
August 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794861/platelet-distribution-width-mean-platelet-volume-and-haematological-parameters-in-patients-with-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-and-p-vivax-malaria
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Elrazi A Ali, Tajeldin M Abdalla, Ishag Adam
BACKGROUND:  The association between the haematological profile (including abnormal platelets) and malaria is not completely understood. There are few published data on haematological profiles of malaria patients in areas with unstable malaria transmission. The current study was conducted to investigate if the haematological parameters, including platelet indices, were reliable predictors for microscopically-diagnosed malaria infection. METHODS: A case-control study with a total of 324 participants (162 in each arm) was conducted at the out-patient clinic of New Halfa hospital during the rainy and post rainy season (August 2014 through to January 2015)...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794124/phenotypic-evaluations-of-hbb-c-93-23t-c-a-nucleotide-substitution-in-the-ivs-i-nt-108-of-%C3%AE-globin-gene
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Margherita Vinciguerra, Filippo Cassarà, Monica Cannata, Disma Renda, Giuseppina Calvaruso, Filippo Leto, Cristina Passarello, Aurelio Maggio, Antonino Giambona
BACKGROUND: Thalassaemia and variant haemoglobin are the most common severe monogenic disorders worldwide. AIMS: To develop prenatal diagnosis programmes for the prevention of the most important haemoglobin disorders and identify healthy carriers of thalassaemia. METHODS: Sequencing analysis was used to obtain complete data on gene structure and to correlate specific phenotypic expression with mutations, especially for new or very rare mutations in globin genes...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780529/magnitude-of-reactive-thrombocytosis-and-associated-clinical-conditions-in-dogs
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Labrini V Athanasiou, Zoe S Polizopoulou, Eleftheria G Papavasileiou, Efstathios L Mpairamoglou, Maria C Kantere, Xanthi A Rousou
Previous studies on the underlying causes of thrombocytosis have raised scientific interest in its clinical relevance in dogs. The purpose of this study was: (1) to explore the clinical conditions associated with thrombocytosis; (2) to compare platelet counts among these conditions; and (3) to identify possible interactions with other haematological variables and associated conditions. Medical records of 195 dogs with thrombocytosis (platelet count >500×10(3)/μL) were reviewed for signalment, complete blood count results and definitive diagnosis...
August 5, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774702/candida-and-invasive-mould-diseases-in-non-neutropenic-critically-ill-patients-and-patients-with-haematological-cancer
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REVIEW
A L Colombo, J N de Almeida Júnior, Monica A Slavin, Sharon C-A Chen, Tania C Sorrell
Critically ill patients and patients with haematological cancer are HIV-negative populations at high risk of invasive fungal infections. In intensive-care units, candidaemia and intra-abdominal candidiasis predominate, but aspergillosis has emerged as a lethal, under-recognised cause of pneumonia. In patients with haematological malignancies or who have undergone stem-cell transplantations, pulmonary disease due to aspergillus and other mould diseases predominate. In this Series paper, we provide an update on risk assessment, new diagnostic strategies, and therapeutic approaches...
July 31, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771784/a-qualitative-study-of-decision-making-on-phase-iii-randomized-clinical-trial-participation-in-pediatric-oncology-adolescents-and-parents-perspectives-and-preferences
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Marianne Vie Ingersgaard, Morten Tulstrup, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Hanne Baekgaard Larsen
AIM: To explore parents' and adolescents' motives for accepting/declining participation in the ALL2008 trials and adolescents' involvement in the decision-making process. BACKGROUND: Children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated on the Nordic Society of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology ALL2008 protocol were eligible for two randomizations testing 6-mercaptopurine treatment intensifications to improve efficacy and Asparaginase de-escalation to reduce toxicity...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770876/assessment-of-the-underlying-causes-of-the-immune-thrombocytopenia-ten-years-experience
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Mehmet Sinan Dal, Abdullah Karakus, Tuba Dal, Berrin Balik Aydin, Elif Hattapoglu, Mehmet Onder Ekmen, Turgay Ulas, Orhan Ayyildiz
OBJECTIVE: Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an immune haematologic disorder causing platelet destruction mediated by anti-platelet antibodies. In this study we aimed to evaluate the clinical and laboratory variables of ITP patients in southeast of Turkey. METHODS: In this retrospective study 167 ITP patients between 2005 and 2015 were evaluated. All patients were screened for immunological parameters including ANA (antinuclear antibodies), anti dsDNA (anti-double-stranded-DNA), ACA(anti-cardiolipin) IgM and IgG, LA (lupus anticoagulants)...
July 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769114/diagnosing-antiphospholipid-syndrome-extra-criteria-manifestations-and-technical-advances
#18
REVIEW
Savino Sciascia, Mary-Carmen Amigo, Dario Roccatello, Munther Khamashta
First described in the early 1980s, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a unique form of acquired autoimmune thrombophilia in which patients present with clinical features of recurrent thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity and persistently test positive for the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). At least one clinical (vascular thrombosis or pregnancy morbidity) and one lab-based (positive test result for lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and/or anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies) criterion have to be met for a patient to be classified as having APS...
August 3, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766976/phedra-using-real-world-data-to-analyze-treatment-patterns-and-ibrutinib-effectiveness-in-hematological-malignancies
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Jamie Garside, Nollaig Healy, Hervé Besson, Ruben Hermans, Finlay MacDougall, Damien Lestelle, Joris Diels, Wafae Iraqi
AIM: PHEDRA (Platform for Haematology in EMEA: Data for Real World Analysis) is a unique, noninterventional project based on secondary data collection from real-world (RW) patient-level (health record) databases to understand treatment patterns in hematological malignancies. It compares ibrutinib's effectiveness with alternative treatments using RW data (RWD) and randomized clinical trials data. MATERIALS & METHODS: RWD are cleaned, validated, harmonized into a Common Data Model, and analyzed statistically alongside randomized clinical trial data...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766920/temozolomide-alone-or-in-combination-with-doxorubicin-as-a-rescue-agent-in-37-cases-of-canine-multicentric-lymphoma
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E Treggiari, J W Elliott, S J Baines, L Blackwood
Temozolomide (TMZ) is an alkylating agent previously used in conjunction with doxorubicin (DOX) to treat dogs with relapsed lymphoma. However, there are very limited data for this drug when used as single agent. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of TMZ in dogs with relapsed multicentric lymphoma that failed multi-agent chemotherapy protocols, and compare the outcome to a group of dogs receiving the same drug in combination with DOX. Twenty-six patients were included in the TMZ group and 11 in the TMZ/DOX group...
August 2, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
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