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Lakshmi Chaitanya, Irena Zupanič Pajnič, Susan Walsh, Jože Balažic, Tomaž Zupanc, Manfred Kayser
Retrieving information about externally visible characteristics from DNA can provide investigative leads to find unknown perpetrators, and can also help in disaster victim and other missing person identification cases. Aiming for the application to both types of forensic casework, we previously developed and forensically validated the HIrisPlex test system enabling parallel DNA prediction of eye and hair colour. Although a recent proof-of-principle study demonstrated the general suitability of the HIrisPlex system for successfully analysing DNA from bones and teeth of various storage times and conditions, practical case applications to human remains are scarce...
October 6, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Hellen J Amuguni, Melissa Mazan, Robert Kibuuka
Infectious diseases of grave concern to human health are emerging from wildlife and livestock populations in multiple regions of the world. Responding effectively to these emerging pandemics requires engagement of multidisciplinary groups of professionals. Using a One Health approach, One Health Central and Eastern Africa (OHCEA), a network of seven schools of public health and seven veterinary schools, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has engaged in curriculum review with the aim of building the skills of multidisciplinary groups of professionals to improve their capacity to respond to emerging infectious diseases...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Annarosa Floreani, Chiara Mangini, Anna Reig, Irene Franceschet, Nora Cazzagon, Lisa Perini, Llorenç Caballería, Silvia Cocchio, Vincenzo Baldo, Albert Parés
OBJECTIVES: Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is often associated with other autoimmune diseases, but little is known about the influence of thyroid disease (TD) on the natural history of PBC. Our aim is to analyze the association between PBC and TD, and the latter's impact on the natural history of PBC at two European centers. METHODS: The study involved 921 PBC patients enrolled between 1975 and 2015 in Padova (376 patients) and Barcelona (545 patients), with a mean follow-up of 126...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Jin-Na Wang, Feng Ling
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus related to the Dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses. Since the explosive outbreaks of ZIKV in Latin America in 2015, a sudden increase in the number of microcephaly cases has been observed in infants of women who were pregnant when they contracted the virus. The severity of this condition raises grave concerns, and extensive studies on the possible link between ZIKV infection and microcephaly have been conducted. There is substantial evidence suggesting that there is a causal link between ZIKV and microcephaly, however, future studies are warranted to solidify this association...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Anna Juras, Maciej Chyleński, Marta Krenz-Niedbała, Helena Malmström, Edvard Ehler, Łukasz Pospieszny, Sylwia Łukasik, Józef Bednarczyk, Janusz Piontek, Mattias Jakobsson, Miroslawa Dabert
We applied an interdisciplinary approach to investigate kinship patterns and funerary practices during the middle Neolithic. Genetic studies, radiocarbon dating, and taphonomic analyses were used to examine two grave clusters from Krusza Zamkowa, Poland. To reconstruct kinship and determine biological sex, we extracted DNA from bones and teeth, analyzed mitochondrial genomes and nuclear SNPs using the HID-Ion AmpliSeq™ Identity panel generated on Illumina and Ion Torrent platforms, respectively. We further dated the material (AMS (14)C) and to exclude aquatic radiocarbon reservoir effects, measures of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes for diet reconstruction were used...
October 14, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Paul A Ellison, Hector F Valdovinos, Stephen A Graves, Todd E Barnhart, Robert J Nickles
Zirconium-89 finds broad application for use in positron emission tomography. Its cyclotron production has been limited by the heat transfer from yttrium targets at high beam currents. A spot welding technique allows a three-fold increase in beam current, without affecting (89)Zr quality. An yttrium foil, welded to a jet-cooled tantalum support base accommodates a 50µA proton beam degraded to 14MeV. The resulting activity yield of 48±4 MBq/(μA∙hr) now extends the outreach of (89)Zr for a broader distribution...
October 13, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Pilar S Merino, Rebeca E Vera, Laura G Mariñas, Pilar S Gómez de Liaño, Jose V Escribano
PURPOSE: To study the types of acquired restrictive strabismus treated in a tertiary hospital and the outcome of treatment with botulinum toxin. METHODS: We performed a 10-year retrospective study of patients with restrictive strabismus aged ≥18 years who were treated with botulinum toxin. Treatment was considered successful if the final vertical deviation was ≤5 PD, horizontal deviation ≤10 PD, with no head turn or diplopia. RESULTS: We included 27 cases (mean age, 61...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Optometry
Erin Traister, Kim L Larson, Dell Hagwood
PURPOSE: We sought to understand decision making, family involvement, and cultural factors that influence palliative care for Guatemalans. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in Guatemala to explore palliative care experiences among seven participants. FINDINGS: The overarching theme was Relief from Suffering, reinforced by three support systems: the family, community rezadora, and priest. The family made decisions and provided physical care...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Transcultural Nursing: Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society
Giles Whalen, Mary Sullivan, Louise Maranda, Robert Quinlan, Anne Larkin
BACKGROUND: A short course of potassium iodide (SSKI) has been traditionally used to prepare patients with Graves' disease for thyroidectomy. The rationale for this treatment has evolved over time; from control of hyperthyroidism to facilitating surgery by making the gland less friable and bloody. METHODS: Randomized trial of preoperative SSKI vs no SSKI to test whether that is true. RESULTS: Mean estimated blood loss in the SSKI group (62 mL) was less than in the control group (162 mL) as was the median estimated blood loss (50 vs 140 mL)...
August 4, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Roshini Fernando, Ekaterina Placzek, Edmund A Reese, Andrew T Placzek, Samantha Schwartz, Aaron Trierweiler, Leslie M Niziol, Stephen Atkins, Thomas S Scanlan, Terry J Smith
CONTEXT: The sources and biological impact of 3,3',5,5' tetraiodothyroacetic acid (TA4) are uncertain. CD34(+) fibrocytes express several proteins involved in the production of thyroid hormones. They infiltrate the orbit in Graves' disease (GD), an autoimmune process known as thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy. It appears that the thyrotropin receptor (TSHR) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of TAO. OBJECTIVE: To quantify levels of TA4 in healthy subjects and those with Graves' disease...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Angie D Ambers, Jennifer D Churchill, Jonathan L King, Monika Stoljarova, Harrell Gill-King, Mourad Assidi, Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Abdelbaset Buhmeida, Bruce Budowle
BACKGROUND: Although the primary objective of forensic DNA analyses of unidentified human remains is positive identification, cases involving historical or archaeological skeletal remains often lack reference samples for comparison. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) offers an opportunity to provide biometric data in such cases, and these cases provide valuable data on the feasibility of applying MPS for characterization of modern forensic casework samples. In this study, MPS was used to characterize 140-year-old human skeletal remains discovered at a historical site in Deadwood, South Dakota, United States...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Ammara Usman, Umar Sadat, Zhongzhao Teng, Martin J Graves, Jonathan R Boyle, Kevin Varty, Paul D Hayes, Jonathan H Gillard
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of atheroma using contrast media enables assessment of the systemic severity of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds. Whether black-blood imaging has similar ability remains widely unexplored. In this study, we evaluate whether black-blood imaging can differentiate carotid plaques of patients with and without coronary artery disease (CAD) in terms of morphological and biomechanical features of plaque vulnerability, thereby allowing assessment of the systemic severity nature of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Prashant K Sharma, Tineke P Willems, Daan J Touw, Willem Woudstra, Michiel E Erasmus, Tjark Ebels
BACKGROUND: Three European centers have recently reported dramatic failures of the STRATOS titanium system, approved in Europe and the United States since 2007 and meant for pectus repair, without detailed exploration of its causes. METHODS: Failed implants (fractures or loosened crimp connectors) were surgically explanted from 12 patients and biopsies taken from surrounding discolored tissue. Detailed failure analysis was performed to find the cause of failures...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Greg Tsang, Michael B Insel, Justin M Weis, Mary Anne M Morgan, Michael S Gough, Lauren M Frasier, Cynthia M Mack, Kathleen P Doolin, Brian T Graves, Michael J Apostolakos, Anthony P Pietropaoli
BACKGROUND: Experimental studies demonstrate beneficial immunological and hemodynamic effects of estradiol in animal models of sepsis. This raises the question whether estradiol contributes to sex differences in the incidence and outcomes of sepsis in humans. Yet, total estradiol levels are elevated in sepsis patients, particularly nonsurvivors. Bioavailable estradiol concentrations have not previously been reported in septic patients. The bioavailable estradiol concentration accounts for aberrations in estradiol carrier protein concentrations that could produce discrepancies between total and bioavailable estradiol levels...
October 21, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Jian-Zhong Guo, Austin R Graves, Wendy W Guo, Jihong Zheng, Allen Lee, Juan Rodríguez-González, Nuo Li, John J Macklin, James W Phillips, Brett D Mensh, Kristin M Branson, Adam W Hantman
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October 20, 2016: ELife
Asami Fujii, Naoya Inoue, Mikio Watanabe, Chisa Kawakami, Yoh Hidaka, Yoshihide Hayashizaki, Yoshinori Iwatani
BACKGROUND: Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's disease (HD) are autoimmune thyroid diseases distinguished by the presence or absence of an anti-thyroid stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR) antibody (TRAb). TSHR gene polymorphisms determine the amount of TSHR expressed, which may in turn influence TRAb production. The FANTOM5 project identified six GD-associated SNPs within the enhancer regions of TSHR and unknown genes. In this study, we examined the association of 11 TSHR and unknown gene polymorphisms, 5 of which are located in TSHR enhancer regions, with the development and prognosis of GD and HD...
October 20, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Hakan Korkmaz, Suzan Tabur, Esen Savaş, Mesut Özkaya, Şefika Nur Aksoy, Nurten Aksoy, Ersin Akarsu
BACKGROUND: The correlation of S100A8/S100A9 with various inflammatory conditions, including autoimmune diseases have been reported. There is no study investigating the levels of S100A8/S100A9 in autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD). AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the level of serum S100A8/S100A9 in AITD. STUDY DESIGN: Case control study. METHODS: Fifty patients with AITD (25 Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) and 25 Graves' disease (GD)) were included in the study...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Marius N Stan, Mario Salvi
Rituximab (RTX) use in open label series has been associated with very encouraging responses in patients with active and moderate-to-severe Graves' Orbitopathy (GO). Recently randomized controlled trials of RTX have been performed in such patients in order to answer the question of clinical efficacy and the safety profile of this agent. That data, reported separately, focused on Clinical Activity Score (CAS) and indicated in one trial a strong benefit of RTX in comparison with IV glucocorticoids while the other trial noted the absence of a benefit by comparison with placebo...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
Brandon-Luke L Seagle, Megan Dayno, Anna E Strohl, Stephen Graves, Wilberto Nieves-Neira, Shohreh Shahabi
OBJECTIVE: To determine overall survival (OS) and factors associated with OS after pelvic exenteration for uterine cancer. METHODS: Women with uterine cancer who underwent exenteration (n=1160) were identified from the 1998-2011 National Cancer Data Base. Kaplan-Meier and multivariate Cox proportional-hazards survival analyses were performed to test for associations of potential explanatory variables with OS. Analyzed confounders included age, comorbidity score, insurance status, income, distance from home to treatment center, stage, distant and nodal metastasis, tumor size, surgical margin status, exenteration type, and treatment with radiation and/or chemotherapy...
October 16, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
András Kotschy, Zoltán Szlavik, James Murray, James Davidson, Ana Leticia Maragno, Gaëtane Le Toumelin-Braizat, Maïa Chanrion, Gemma L Kelly, Jia-Nan Gong, Donia M Moujalled, Alain Bruno, Márton Csekei, Attila Paczal, Zoltán B Szabo, Szabolcs Sipos, Gábor Radics, Agnes Proszenyak, Balázs Balint, Levente Ondi, Gábor Blasko, Alan Robertson, Allan Surgenor, Pawel Dokurno, Ijen Chen, Natalia Matassova, Julia Smith, Christopher Pedder, Christopher Graham, Aurélie Studeny, Gaëlle Lysiak-Auvity, Anne-Marie Girard, Fabienne Gravé, David Segal, Chris D Riffkin, Giovanna Pomilio, Laura C A Galbraith, Brandon J Aubrey, Margs S Brennan, Marco J Herold, Catherine Chang, Ghislaine Guasconi, Nicolas Cauquil, Fabien Melchiore, Nolwen Guigal-Stephan, Brian Lockhart, Frédéric Colland, John A Hickman, Andrew W Roberts, David C S Huang, Andrew H Wei, Andreas Strasser, Guillaume Lessene, Olivier Geneste
Avoidance of apoptosis is critical for the development and sustained growth of tumours. The pro-survival protein myeloid cell leukemia 1 (MCL1) is overexpressed in many cancers, but the development of small molecules targeting this protein that are amenable for clinical testing has been challenging. Here we describe S63845, a small molecule that specifically binds with high affinity to the BH3-binding groove of MCL1. Our mechanistic studies demonstrate that S63845 potently kills MCL1-dependent cancer cells, including multiple myeloma, leukaemia and lymphoma cells, by activating the BAX/BAK-dependent mitochondrial apoptotic pathway...
October 19, 2016: Nature
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