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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107558/predictors-of-summertime-heat-index-levels-in-new-york-city-apartments
#1
Ashlinn Quinn, Patrick Kinney, Jeffrey Shaman
BACKGROUND: During heat waves, fatal overexposure to heat most often occurs at home. It is not known how factors such as building size, floor level, and different types of air conditioning (AC) contribute to excess indoor heat. METHODS: We monitored indoor temperature and humidity in 36 apartments in New York City during summers 2014 and 2015, and used these values to calculate the indoor heat index (HI). We investigated the role of AC type and building-level factors on indoor HI using multilevel regression models...
January 20, 2017: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107239/management-of-pharyngeal-fistulas-after-anterior-cervical-spine-surgery-a-treatment-algorithm-for-severe-complications
#2
Christian Simon, Carl H Fürstenberg, Markus Eichler, Stefan Rohde, Cem Bulut, Bernd Wiedenhöfer
STUDY DESIGN: This study is a retrospective database query to identify all anterior spinal approaches. OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to assess all patients with pharyngocutaneous fistulas (PCFs) after anterior cervical spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Patients with the diagnosis of PCFs were treated at the University of Heidelberg Spine Medical Center, Spinal Cord Injury Unit and Department of Otolaryngology (Germany), between 2005 and 2011...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107192/incidence-and-risk-of-infections-associated-with-egfr-tkis-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#3
Yingtian Wang, Mingzhen Wang, Qiaoxia Wang, Zhiying Geng, Mingxiang Sun
Currently, the overall incidence and risk of infections with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients remained undetermined. We searched Pubmed for related articles published from 1 January 1990 to 31 November 2015. Eligible studies included prospective randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating therapy with or without EGFR-TKIs in patients with NSCLC. Data on infections were extracted. Pooled incidence, Peto odds ratio (Peto OR), and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106717/air-embolism-diagnosis-clinical-management-and-outcomes
#4
Colin J McCarthy, Sasan Behravesh, Sailendra G Naidu, Rahmi Oklu
Air embolism is a rare but potentially fatal complication of surgical procedures. Rapid recognition and intervention is critical for reducing morbidity and mortality. We retrospectively characterized our experience with air embolism during medical procedures at a tertiary medical center. Electronic medical records were searched for all cases of air embolism over a 25-year period; relevant medical and imaging records were reviewed. Sixty-seven air embolism cases were identified; the mean age was 59 years (range, 3-89 years)...
January 17, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106684/sudden-death-due-to-unusual-complication-of-takayasu-arteritis-an-autopsy-case
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Maher Jedidi, Youssef Chkirbene, Nihed Abdessayed, Tasnim Masmoudi, Mohamed Mahjoub, Souheil Mlayeh, Mohamed Ben Dhiab, Mohamed Kamel Souguir, Mohamed Taher Yacoubi
Takayasu arteritis is an uncommon inflammatory disease with usually a good prognosis. However, sometimes, the evolution can be fatal essentially by a coronary arteries involvement. We present a case of a 19-year-old woman who died suddenly from cardiogenic shock complicating an unknown Takayasu arteritis.At the autopsy, the aorta showed a significant thickening of the wall. The coronary arteries were slightly thickened and did not show any occlusion. Microscopic examination of the aorta showed an abundant granulomatous and a lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106282/prediction-of-pan-specific-b-cell-epitopes-from-nucleocapsid-protein-of-hantaviruses-causing-hantavirus-cardiopulmonary-syndrome
#6
Sagadevan Kalaiselvan, Sathish Sankar, Mageshbabu Ramamurthy, Asit Ranjan Ghosh, Balaji Nandagopal, Gopalan Sridharan
Hantaviruses are emerging viral pathogens that causes hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome in the Americas (HCPS), a severe, sometimes fatal, respiratory disease in humans with a case fatality rate of ≥50%. IgM and IgG based serological detection methods are the most common approaches used for laboratory diagnosis of hantaviruses. Such emerging viral pathogens emphasizes the need for improved rapid diagnostic devices and vaccines incorporating pan-specific epitopes of genotypes. We predicted linear B-cell epitopes for hantaviruses that are specific to genotypes causing HCPS in humans using in silico prediction servers...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105640/the-genotype-phenotype-landscape-of-familial-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-australia
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Emily P McCann, Kelly L Williams, Jennifer A Fifita, Ingrid S Tarr, Jody O'Connor, Dominic B Rowe, Garth A Nicholson, Ian P Blair
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous fatal neurodegenerative disease. Around 10% of ALS cases are hereditary. ALS gene discoveries have provided most of our understanding of disease pathogenesis. We aimed to describe the genetic landscape of ALS in Australia by assessing 1013 Australian ALS patients for known ALS mutations by direct sequencing, whole exome sequencing or repeat primed PCR. Age of disease onset and disease duration were used for genotype-phenotype correlations...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105558/immunology-of-bee-venom
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Daniel Elieh Ali Komi, Farzaneh Shafaghat, Ricardo D Zwiener
Bee venom is a blend of biochemicals ranging from small peptides and enzymes to biogenic amines. It is capable of triggering severe immunologic reactions owing to its allergenic fraction. Venom components are presented to the T cells by antigen-presenting cells within the skin. These Th2 type T cells then release IL-4 and IL-13 which subsequently direct B cells to class switch to production of IgE. Generating venom-specific IgE and crosslinking FcεR1(s) on the surface of mast cells complete the sensitizing stage in allergic individuals who are most likely to experience severe and even fatal allergic reactions after being stung...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105494/suicide-with-two-makes-of-captive-bolt-guns-livestock-stunners-fired-simultaneously-to-the-forehead
#9
Rebecca Pircher, Dorothee Geisenberger, Markus Große Perdekamp, Merja Neukamm, Stefan Pollak, Ulrike Schmidt, Annette Thierauf-Emberger
In humans, most fatalities from slaughterer's guns are suicides committed by persons familiar with stunning devices. The great majority of cases accounts for shots to the head, especially the frontal region. Only a small number of two subsequent cranial shots from captive-bolt humane killers have been reported up to now. In the case presented by the authors, a suicide by simultaneous shots to the head fired from two different makes of captive-bolt guns (one of them having two separate outlets for the combustion gases in the muzzle plane, the other type having no additional openings) is described for the first time...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105405/a-rare-case-of-perineal-abscess-caused-by-aerococcus-urinae
#10
Lawrence Ha, Negin Niknam, Siddhi Mankame, Robin Koshy
Aerococcus urinae, a previously misidentified pathogen, has become increasingly recognized to cause severe and even fatal infections. Aerococcus-related perineal abscess infections have not previously been reported in the literature. Most reported cases of infections caused by Aerococcus are urinary tract infections, bacteremia, and even rare cases of endocarditis. We report an unusual case of a perineal abscess caused by Aerococcus urinae.
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104567/cardiovascular-toxicity-of-angiogenesis-inhibitors-in-treatment-of-malignancy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#11
REVIEW
Husam Abdel-Qadir, Josee-Lyne Ethier, Douglas S Lee, Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan, Eitan Amir
BACKGROUND: The cardiovascular risk of angiogenesis inhibitors is not well-quantified. We hypothesized that, compared to direct vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitors (anti-VEGF antibodies or decoy receptors), small molecule agents have higher risk due to their less specific mechanism. METHODS: We searched the MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for phase III randomised controlled trials comparing angiogenesis inhibitor-based therapy to other systemic therapy...
December 30, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104437/pharmacological-intervention-for-dengue-virus-infection
#12
REVIEW
Jenn-Haung Lai, Yi-Ling Lin, Shie-Liang Hsieh
Dengue virus (DENV) infection has a considerable health impact in tropical and subtropical countries worldwide. Escalation of infection rates greatly increases morbidity and mortality, most commonly from deaths due to dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Although the development of an effective, long-lasting vaccine has been a major aim for control and prevention of DENV infection, the currently licensed vaccine has limitations and is less than satisfactory. Thus, there remains an important need to identify effective and tolerable medications for treatment of DENV-infected patients both in the early phase, to prevent progression to fatal outcomes, and to minimize deaths after patients develop severe complications...
January 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104391/na-h-exchanger-mediated-hydrogen-ion-extrusion-as-a-carcinogenic-signal-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-etiopathogenesis-and-prospects-for-its-inhibition-in-therapeutics
#13
REVIEW
Schammim Ray Amith, Larry Fliegel
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in women in Europe and North America, and metastasis is the primary cause of fatality in patients with breast cancer. While some breast cancers are quite treatable, the triple-negative breast cancers are more metastatic and resistant to chemotherapy. There is clearly an urgent need for better treatments for this form of the disease. Breast cancer is characterized by genetically complex intra-tumour heterogeneity, particularly within the triple-negative clinical subtype...
January 16, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104145/a-case-report-of-successful-kidney-donation-after-brain-death-following-nicotine-intoxication
#14
M Räsänen, I Helanterä, J Kalliomäki, J Savikko, M Parry, M Lempinen
Nicotine intoxication is a rare cause of death and can lead to brain death after respiratory arrest and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. To our knowledge, no previous reports regarding organ donation after nicotine intoxication have been described. We present a successful case of kidney donation after brain death caused by subcutaneous nicotine overdose from liquid nicotine from an e-cigarette cartridge in an attempted suicide. Both kidneys were transplanted successfully with immediate graft function, and both recipients were discharged at postoperative day 9 with normal plasma creatinine levels...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104121/liver-failure-from-ultra-short-bowel-syndrome-on-the-intestinal-transplant-waiting-list-a-retrospective-study
#15
Y Noguchi, T Ueno, R Matsuura, T Kodama, K Deguchi, S Umeda, T Yamamichi, K Nakahata, M Zenitani, Y Takama, H Yamanaka, Y Tazuke, H Okuyama
BACKGROUND: Patients with intestinal failure (IF) are candidates for intestinal transplantation (ITx). In Japan, these patients have few opportunities to undergo cadaveric ITx because of low rates of organ donation. The donor criteria and recipient priority for ITx are still unknown. We reviewed our cases of IF to investigate which patients should be prioritized for ITx. METHODS: Patients with IF who were registered as candidates for cadaveric ITx between January 2010 and November 2015 in our institute were included in this retrospective study...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103836/rapid-reduction-of-maternal-mortality-in-uganda-and-zambia-through-the-saving-mothers-giving-life-initiative-results-of-year-1-evaluation
#16
Florina Serbanescu, Howard I Goldberg, Isabella Danel, Tadesse Wuhib, Lawrence Marum, Walter Obiero, James McAuley, Jane Aceng, Ewlyn Chomba, Paul W Stupp, Claudia Morrissey Conlon
BACKGROUND: Achieving maternal mortality reduction as a development goal remains a major challenge in most low-resource countries. Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a multi-partner initiative designed to reduce maternal mortality rapidly in high mortality settings through community and facility evidence-based interventions and district-wide health systems strengthening that could reduce delays to appropriate obstetric care. METHODS: An evaluation employing multiple studies and data collection methods was used to compare baseline maternal outcomes to those during Year 1 in SMGL pilot districts in Uganda and Zambia...
January 19, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103832/thromboelastometry-analysis-of-thrombocytopenic-dengue-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
#17
Felipe Maia de Toledo Piza, Thiago Domingos Corrêa, Alexandre Rodrigues Marra, João Carlos Campos Guerra, Roseny Dos Reis Rodrigues, Andrea Aparecida Rocco Villarinho, Valdir Fernandes de Aranda, Sandra Christina Pereira Lima Shiramizo, Maria Roza de Jesus de Lima, Esper Georges Kallas, Alexandre Biasi Cavalcanti
BACKGROUND: Dengue virus infection (DVI) is a prevalent and potentially fatal viral disease associated with coagulopathy. So far, the coagulation profile of DVI patients with thrombocytopenia has not been assessed through a viscoelastic test such as rotational thromboelastometry. We aimed to describe the prevalence and characteristics of coagulation abnormalities in dengue fever outpatients with thrombocytopenia, addressed by both rotational thromboelastometry and conventional coagulation tests...
January 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103636/limited-excessive-voluntary-alcohol-drinking-leads-to-liver-dysfunction-in-mice
#18
Scott A Wegner, Katherine A Pollard, Viktor Kharazia, David Darevsky, Luz Perez, Sanjoy Roychowdhury, Allison Xu, Dorit Ron, Laura E Nagy, Frederic Woodward Hopf
BACKGROUND: Liver damage is a serious and sometimes fatal consequence of long-term alcohol intake, which progresses from early-stage fatty liver (steatosis) to later-stage steatohepatitis with inflammation and fibrosis/necrosis. However, very little is known about earlier stages of liver disruption that may occur in problem drinkers, those who drink excessively but are not dependent on alcohol. METHODS: We examined how repeated binge-like alcohol drinking in C57BL/6 mice altered liver function, as compared with a single binge-intake session and with repeated moderate alcohol consumption...
January 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103630/orientia-tsutsugamushi-ank9-is-a-multifunctional-effector-that-utilizes-a-novel-grip-like-golgi-localization-domain-for-golgi-to-endoplasmic-reticulum-trafficking-and-interacts-with-host-copb2
#19
Andrea R Beyer, Kyle G Rodino, Lauren VieBrock, Ryan S Green, Brittney K Tegels, Lee D Oliver, Richard T Marconi, Jason A Carlyon
Orientia tsutsugamushi causes scrub typhus, a potentially fatal infection that afflicts one million people annually. This obligate intracellular bacterium boasts one of the largest microbial arsenals of ankyrin repeat-containing protein (Ank) effectors, most of which target the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by undefined mechanisms. Ank9 is the only one proven to function during infection. Here, we demonstrate that Ank9 bears a motif that mimics the GRIP domain of eukaryotic golgins and is necessary and sufficient for its Golgi localization...
January 19, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103417/diabetes-as-a-risk-factor-for-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-women-compared-with-men-a-meta-analysis-including-10-856-279-individuals-and-106-703-acute-coronary-syndrome-events
#20
Xue Dong, Rongrong Cai, Jie Sun, Rong Huang, Pin Wang, Haixia Sun, Sai Tian, Shaohua Wang
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is a significant cause of death and disability worldwide and is a strong risk factor for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Whether diabetes confers the same excess risk of ACS in both sexes is unknown. Therefore, we undertook a meta-analysis to estimate the relative risk for ACS associated with diabetes in men and women. METHODS: We systematically searched PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases for both case-control and cohort studies published between Jan 1, 1966, and Jan 1, 2015...
January 19, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
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