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Cheng-Feng Chiang, Mike Flint, Jin-Mann S Lin, Christina F Spiropoulou
Andes virus (ANDV) is the major cause of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in South America. Despite a high fatality rate (up to 40%), no vaccines or antiviral therapies are approved to treat ANDV infection. To understand the role of endocytic pathways in ANDV infection, we used 3 complementary approaches to identify cellular factors required for ANDV entry into human lung microvascular endothelial cells. We screened an siRNA library targeting 140 genes involved in membrane trafficking, and identified 55 genes required for ANDV infection...
2016: PloS One
Jason Echavez Abello, Julita Gil Cuesta, Boyd Roderick Cerro, Debarati Guha-Sapir
In cases of Dengue fever, late hospital admission can lead to treatment delay and even death. In order to improve early disease notification and management, it is essential to investigate the factors affecting the time of admission of Dengue cases. This study determined the factors associated with the time of admission among notified Dengue cases. The study covered the period between 2008 and 2014 in Region VIII, Philippines. The factors assessed were age, sex, hospital sector, hospital level, disease severity based on the 1997 WHO Dengue classification, and period of admission (distinguishing between the 2010 Dengue epidemic and non-epidemic time)...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Marek Krawczyk, Michał Grąt, Rene Adam, Wojciech G Polak, Jurgen Klempnauer, Antonio Pinna, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Franco Filipponi, Norbert Senninger, Aksel Foss, Sebastian Rufián-Peña, William Bennet, Johann Pratschke, Andreas Paul, Utz Settmacher, Giorgio Rossi, Mauro Salizzoni, Carlos Fernandez-Selles, Santiago T Martínez de Rituerto, Miguel A Gómez-Bravo, Jacques Pirenne, Olivier Detry, Pietro E Majno, Petr Nemec, Wolf O Bechstein, Michael Bartels, Silvio Nadalin, Francois R Pruvot, Darius F Mirza, Luigi Lupo, Michele Colledan, Giuseppe Tisone, Jan Ringers, Jorge Daniel, Ramón Charco Torra, Enrique Moreno González, Rafael Bañares Cañizares, Valentin Cuervas-Mons Martinez, Fernando San Juan Rodríguez, Sezai Yilmaz, Piotr Remiszewski
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation is the most extreme form of surgical management of patients with hepatic trauma, with very limited literature data supporting its use. The aim of this study was to assess the results of liver transplantation for hepatic trauma. METHODS: This retrospective analysis based on European Liver Transplant Registry comprised data of 73 recipients of liver transplantation for hepatic trauma performed in 37 centers in the period between 1987 and 2013...
November 2016: Transplantation
Nathan W Skelley, Lauren M Yarholar, Lars C Richardson
BACKGROUND: Powered parachutes are becoming a popular form of sport flying. No previous study has reviewed injuries in this sport. The purpose of this study was to describe the injuries associated with powered parachute flying, the flight factors involved in an incident, and the impact an incident has on current sport involvement. METHODS: National Transportation Safety Board incident reports involving powered parachutes between 2004 and 2015 were reviewed. Internet searches were performed to contact involved pilots to find further information...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Andrzej Zieliński, Jolanta Rudowska
: For many years the number of tetanus cases reported in Poland remaing below fifty with marked random variations. Almost all disease occur in people unvaccinated. Some of them, especially in people over age 60, are fatal. THE AIM OF THE STUDY: The aim of the study is to present the data of epidemiological surveillance of tetanus in Poland in 2014. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Analyzed material are the individual reports of cases of tetanus sent to the Department of Epidemiology at NIPH-PZH and bulletin data “Infectious diseases and poisoning in Poland in 2014”...
2016: Przegla̧d Epidemiologiczny
Hanna Stypułkowska-Misiurewicz, Michał Czerwiński
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the epidemiological situation of legionellosis in Poland in 2014. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed data published in the annual bulletin: “Infectious diseases and poisonings in Poland in 2014” and its prior versions along with the legionellosis case reports sent to the Department of Epidemiology of NIPH - NIH. RESULTS: In Poland, both two forms of legionellosis - Legionnaires’ disease (a severe form of disease accompanied by pneumonia) and Pontiac fever (mild, influenza-like form of infection) - are routinely reported to the surveillance...
2016: Przegla̧d Epidemiologiczny
Małgorzata Sadkowska-Todys, Andrzej Zieliński, Mirosław P Czarkowski
PURPOSE of the STUDY: The aim of the study is to assess epidemiological situation of infectious and parasitic diseases in Poland in 2014, and an indication of the potential health risks from communicable diseases occurring in other areas of the globe. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This paper is a summary of the analysis and evaluation of the results of epidemiological surveillance of infectious diseases in Poland in 2014, and those elements of European and global epidemiological background, which in this period had an impact on the epidemiological situation in Poland or constituted a threat...
2016: Przegla̧d Epidemiologiczny
P Huezo-Diaz Curtis, C R S Uppugunduri, J Muthukumaran, M A Rezgui, C Peters, P Bader, M Duval, H Bittencourt, Maja Krajinovic, Marc Ansari
Sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) is a severe complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) that can be fatal, often attributed to the conditioning regimen prior to HSCT. We evaluated the association of SOS risk with gene variants in cystathionase (CTH), an enzyme involved in glutathione synthesis, in 76 children receiving intravenous busulfan (Bu) before HSCT. Our results indicated an association with CTHc.1364 G>T (ORTT=10.6, 95% confidence interval (CI)=2.16, 51.54) and SOS risk, which was sex dependent (female patients, ORTT=21...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Chimoné S Dalton, Karen van de Rakt, Åsa Fahlman, Kathreen Ruckstuhl, Peter Neuhaus, Richard Popko, Susan Kutz, Frank van der Meer
Herpesviruses (HVs) have a wide range of hosts in the animal kingdom. The result of infection with HVs can vary from asymptomatic to fatal diseases depending on subtype, strain, and host. To date, little is known about HVs naturally circulating in wildlife species and the impact of these viruses on other species. In our study, we used genetic and comparative approaches to increase our understanding of circulating HVs in Canadian wildlife. Using nested polymerase chain reaction targeting a conserved region of the HV DNA polymerase gene, we analyzed material derived from wildlife of western and northern Canada collected between February 2009 and Sept 2014...
October 24, 2016: Archives of Virology
Nishrutha Karthik, Karthik Gnanapandithan
Cocaine abuse is frequent in patients visiting the emergency department. The knowledge of the cardiovascular complications of cocaine is excellent among physicians. However the awareness regarding its abdominal complications, the most important of which include gastroduodenal perforation, bowel ischemia and splenic rupture is less adequate. We report a 58-year-old with cocaine use who presents with upper abdominal pain and a rapidly worsening clinical status. He was found to have atraumatic splenic rupture causing a hemoperitoneum that was managed by intervention radiology guided splenic artery embolization...
August 8, 2016: Clinics and Practice
E J Kyriopoulos, A Kyriakopoulos, A Karonidis, A Gravvanis, I Gamatsi, C Tsironis, D Tsoutsos
Mucor fungus infection is a rare opportunistic infection, rapidly progressive and often fatal in immunocompromised patients, or in patients with chronic debilitating diseases. We report six cases of trauma patients with mucormycosis. Three had severe thermal burns, one of them with a medical history of diabetes mellitus. The other three patients suffered from severe soft tissue injuries caused by traffic accidents. In all cases there had been spontaneous exposure and contact of the wounds with soil. During hospitalization, fungi cultures and/or biopsies of all wounds were performed and all resulted positive...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
A Elsous, M Salah, M Ouda
Burns are a serious public health problem among paediatrics. Little is known about the epidemiological profile and outcomes of hospitalized paediatric burns in the Gaza Strip. A cross-sectional retrospective review was conducted of medical records of patients aged 15 years and below, admitted to the Al Alamy burn centre in the Al Shifa Medical Complex from 30 June, 2013 to 01 July, 2014. There were 189 admissions; 124 (65.6%) of them were below 15 years, their mean age ± SD being 4.02 ± 2.85 years. 72 of these cases (58...
December 31, 2015: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
Gianne Eduard L Ulanday, Satoshi Shimada, Ngwe Tun Mya Myat, Takeshi Nabeshima, Kouichi Morita, Daisuke Hayasaka
BACKGROUND: Ticks have been long known as vectors of various pathogens, some of which can cause high fatality rates among infected individuals. Our enhanced tick surveillance around Nagasaki, Japan, led to the isolation and identification of a new strain of a recently identified Orbivirus, Muko virus (MUV). The orbiviruses have a wide host range, including humans, and is related to a spectrum of clinical outcomes. However, the zoonotic potential of some members of the genus, although reported, were not clearly elucidated...
2016: Tropical Medicine and Health
Chao-Jun Hu, Jian-Bo Pan, Guang Song, Xiao-Ting Wen, Zi-Yan Wu, Si Chen, Wen-Xiu Mo, Feng-Chun Zhang, Jiang Qian, Heng Zhu, Yong-Zhe Li
Behcet disease (BD) is a chronic systemic vasculitis and considered as an autoimmune disease. Although rare, BD can be fatal due to ruptured vascular aneurysms or severe neurological complications. To date, no known biomarker has been reported for this disease, making it difficult to diagnosis in the clinics. To undertake this challenge, we employed the HuProt arrays, each comprised of~20,000 unique human proteins, to identify BD-specific autoantibodies using a Two-Phase strategy established previously. In Phase I, we profiled the autoimmunity on the HuProt arrays with 75 serum samples collected from 40 BD patients, 15 diagnosed autoimmune patients who suffer from Takayasu arteritis (TA; N=5)), ANCA associated vasculitis(AAV; N=5), and Sjogren's syndrome(SS; N=5), and 20 healthy subjects, and identified 20 candidate autoantigens that were significantly associated with BD...
October 24, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Bobby Yanagawa, Gosta B Pettersson, Gilbert Habib, Marc Ruel, Gustavo Saposnik, David A Latter, Subodh Verma
There has been an overall improvement in surgical mortality for patients with infective endocarditis (IE), presumably because of improved diagnosis and management, centered around a more aggressive early surgical approach. Surgery is currently performed in approximately half of all cases of IE. Improved survival in surgery-treated patients is correlated with a reduction in heart failure and the prevention of embolic sequelae. It is reported that between 20% and 40% of patients with IE present with stroke or other neurological conditions...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Richard G Ohye, Dietmar Schranz, Yves D'Udekem
Universally fatal only 4 decades ago, the progress in the 3-stage palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and related single right ventricular lesions has drastically improved the outlook for these patients. Although the stage II operation (hemi-Fontan or bidirectional Glenn) and stage III Fontan procedure have evolved into relatively low-risk operations, the stage I Norwood procedure remains one of the highest-risk and costliest common operations performed in congenital heart surgery. Yet, despite this fact, experienced centers now report hospital survivals of >90% for the Norwood procedure...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Kausik K Ray, Henry N Ginsberg, Michael H Davidson, Robert Pordy, Laurence Bessac, Pascal Minini, Robert H Eckel, Christopher P Cannon
BACKGROUND: -A continuous relationship between reductions in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) has been observed in statin and ezetimibe outcomes trials, down to achieved levels of 54 mg/dL. However, it is uncertain whether this relationship extends to LDL-C levels <50 mg/dL. We assessed the relationship between additional LDL-C, non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C), and apolipoprotein B100 (apoB) reductions and MACE among patients within the ODYSSEY trials that compared alirocumab versus controls (placebo/ezetimibe), mainly as add on to maximally tolerated statin...
October 24, 2016: Circulation
Pradeep Kumar Maurya, Mayur Deepak Thakkar, Dinkar Kulshreshtha, Ajai Kumar Singh, Anup Kumar Thacker
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is a fatal infectious disease of childhood caused by persistence of the measles virus in the brain. The effect of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-infection on subacute sclerosing panencephalitis remains elusive and rare. We report a child who developed subacute sclerosing panencephalitis following a short latency period and a rapidly progressive course with HIV co-infection.
October 24, 2016: Clinical Medicine & Research
Samuel D Robinson, Helena Safavi-Hemami
The discovery of insulin and its use for the treatment of diabetes is undoubtedly one of the true successes of modern medicine. Injectable insulin would prove the first effective treatment for a previously incurable and usually fatal disease. Soon after however, the powerful effects of insulin overdose would be reported, and subsequently exploited for dubious medical and sometimes nefarious purposes. In this article we describe the discovery that certain venomous marine snails of the genus Conus also exploit the powerful effects of insulin overdose, employing it as a weapon for prey capture...
October 21, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Vaida Petrauskiene, Ruta Vaiciuniene, Inga Arune Bumblyte, Vytautas Kuzminskis, Edita Ziginskiene, Saulius Grazulis, Egle Jonaitiene
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification (VC) is one of the factors associated with cardiovascular mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Recommendations concerning screening for VC differ. Possible ability to prevent and reversibility of VC are major subjects on debate whether screening for VC could improve outcomes of renal patients. The objective of the study was to evaluate the significance of simple vascular calcification score (SVCS) based on plane radiographic films and to test its association with non-fatal cardiovascular events in patients on chronic HD...
October 21, 2016: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
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