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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792758/investigation-of-a-large-scale-gopher-tortoise-gopherus-polyphemus-mortality-event-on-a-public-conservation-land-in-florida
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Michelina C Dziadzio, Eric R Sievers, Deborah Burr
In August 2015, a gopher tortoise ( Gopherus polyphemus) mortality event was documented on a 40-ha area of Lake Louisa State Park, Lake County, Florida, USA. To quantify the extent of the die-off and the seroprevalence of Mycoplasma agassizii and Mycoplasma testudineum, two causative agents of mycoplasmal upper respiratory tract disease (URTD), we conducted a tortoise shell survey on 25 and 26 August 2015 and collected blood samples from live tortoises on 2-4 September 2015 and 1-13 August 2016 within the area of documented mortality...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792537/recognizing-quantifying-and-managing-patient-ventilator-asynchrony-in-invasive-and-noninvasive-ventilation
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Eugenio Garofalo, Andrea Bruni, Corrado Pelaia, Luisa Liparota, Nicola Lombardo, Federico Longhini, Paolo Navalesi
Patient-ventilator asynchrony may occur with modes of partial ventilatory support. Because this problem is associated with worsened outcomes, identifying and managing asynchronies has been recognized as a relevant clinical problem during both invasive and non-invasive (NIV) mechanical ventilation. Areas covered: In this review article, we first describe the different forms of patient-ventilator asynchrony and how they are classified and quantified. Then, we show how these asynchronies can be recognized, considering the techniques used to properly detect asynchronies, by either ventilator waveform observation, or through systems based on more complexes mathematical algorithms, by means of adjunctive signals, such as the electrical activity of the diaphragm or esophageal pressure...
May 24, 2018: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792307/putative-vaccine-candidates-and-drug-targets-identified-by-reverse-vaccinology-and-subtractive-genomics-approaches-to-control-haemophilus-ducreyi-the-causative-agent-of-chancroid
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Alissa de Sarom, Arun Kumar Jaiswal, Sandeep Tiwari, Letícia de Castro Oliveira, Debmalya Barh, Vasco Azevedo, Carlo Jose Oliveira, Siomar de Castro Soares
Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Haemophilus ducreyi The control of chancroid is difficult and the only current available treatment is antibiotic therapy; however, antibiotic resistance has been reported in endemic areas. Owing to recent outbreaks of STIs worldwide, it is important to keep searching for new treatment strategies and preventive measures. Here, we applied reverse vaccinology and subtractive genomic approaches for the in silico prediction of potential vaccine and drug targets against 28 strains of H...
May 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792262/chronic-kidney-disease-as-a-cardiovascular-risk-factor-lessons-from-kidney-donors
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REVIEW
Anna M Price, Nicola C Edwards, Manvir K Hayer, William E Moody, Richard P Steeds, Charles J Ferro, Jonathan N Townend
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease but is often associated with other risks such as diabetes and hypertension and can be both a cause and an effect of cardiovascular disease. Although epidemiologic data of an independent association of reduced glomerular filtration rate with cardiovascular risk are strong, causative mechanisms are unclear. Living kidney donors provide a useful model for assessing the "pure" effects of reduced kidney function on the cardiovascular system...
May 9, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792228/field-evaluation-of-an-immunochromatographic-test-for-diagnosis-of-cystic-and-alveolar-echinococcosis
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Chun-Hua Gao, Jun-Yun Wang, Feng Shi, Dietmar Steverding, Xia Wang, Yue-Tao Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou
BACKGROUND: The larval stages of the tapeworms Echinocoocus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis are the causative agents of human cystic echinococcosis (CE) and human alveolar echinococcosis (AE), respectively. Both CE and AE are chronic diseases characterised by long asymptomatic periods of many years. However, early diagnosis of the disease is important if treatment and management of echinococcosis patients are to be successful. METHODS: A previously developed rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for the differential detection of CE and AE was evaluated under field conditions with finger prick blood samples taken from 1502 people living in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China, a region with a high prevalence for both forms of human echinococcosis...
May 23, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792212/the-role-of-human-metapneumovirus-genetic-diversity-and-nasopharyngeal-viral-load-on-symptom-severity-in-adults
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Xiang Yong Oong, Jack Bee Chook, Kim Tien Ng, Wei Zhen Chow, Kok Gan Chan, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Yong Kek Pang, Yoke Fun Chan, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Kok Keng Tee
BACKGROUND: Human metapneumovirus (HMPV) is established as one of the causative agents of respiratory tract infections. To date, there are limited reports that describe the effect of HMPV genotypes and/or viral load on disease pathogenesis in adults. This study aims to determine the role of HMPV genetic diversity and nasopharyngeal viral load on symptom severity in outpatient adults with acute respiratory tract infections. METHODS: Severity of common cold symptoms of patients from a teaching hospital was assessed by a four-category scale and summed to obtain the total symptom severity score (TSSS)...
May 23, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791992/role-of-the-duodenum-in-the-pathogenesis-of-functional-dyspepsia-a-paradigm-shift
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REVIEW
Hye-Kyung Jung, Nicholas J Talley
Functional dyspepsia (FD) is a common disorder characterized by chronic epigastric pain or burning, or bothersome postprandial fullness or early satiation, without a definitive organic cause. The pathogenesis of FD is likely heterogeneous. Classically, motor disorders, visceral hypersensitivity, and brain-gut interactions have been implicated in the pathophysiology of FD, but recently an important role for chronic low-grade inflammation and post-infectious gastroenteritis in FD has been reported and confirmed...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790571/-epidemiology-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-dementias
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REVIEW
J Garre-Olmo
INTRODUCTION: Dementia is a clinical syndrome resulting from a number of causations and which is usually accompanied by progressive and diffuse brain dysfunction. The different subtypes are characterised by a clinical picture with common symptoms that differ in terms of their aetiology, age, clinical presentation, clinical course and associated disorders. AIM: To present an update on the information available about the descriptive epidemiology of dementia and its main subtypes...
June 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790031/effect-of-selenium-containing-biocomposites-from-medicinal-mushrooms-on-the-potato-ring-rot-causative-agent
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A I Perfileva, O M Tsivileva, Ya B Drevko, D N Ibragimova, O V Koftin
The impact of selenium biocomposites obtained from the medicinal macrobasidiomycetes Ganoderma lucidum, Grifola umbellata, Laetiporus sulphureus, Lentinula edodes, and Pleurotus ostreatus on the viability and biofilm formation capability of the phytopathogenic Gram-positive bacterium Clavibacter michiganensis ssp. sepedonicus (Spieck. et Kotth.) (Cms) was studied. Impairment of bacterial cell viability resulting from their incubation with biocomposites was shown. The decisive role of the composites' selenium component on the biological activity under question was established...
March 2018: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789981/research-driven-policy-is-financial-capacity-related-to-dangerousness
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Patrick H DeLeon, Maegan M Paxton, Tonya Spencer, Jouhayna E Bajjani-Gebara
Current Veterans administration policy directly links a Veteran's adjudged capacity to manage personal financial resources with their ability to purchase or possess a firearm, pursuant to the regulatory authority of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Preventing Veterans' suicide is a highly laudable public health objective. Effectively utilizing scientific research to "inform" public policy is equally important. The authors should be congratulated for their efforts. However, it is important in utilizing large set population-based data, especially social science data, to evaluate policy alternatives that there be substantial face (i...
May 22, 2018: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789639/fludarabine-and-neurotoxicity-in-engineered-t-cell-therapy
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Kate L Lowe, Crystal L Mackall, Elliot Norry, Rafael Amado, Bent K Jakobsen, Gwendolyn Binder
Adoptive T-cell therapy, incorporating engineered T cell receptors (TCRs) or chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), target tumor antigens with high affinity and specificity. To increase the potency of adoptively transferred T cells, patients are conditioned with lymphodepleting chemotherapy regimens prior to adoptive T-cell transfer (ACT), and data suggest that fludarabine is an important component of an effective regimen. In a recent clinical trial using CAR-T cells engineered to target the CD19 B-cell antigen to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia, JCAR-015 (NCT02535364), two patient deaths due to cerebral edema led to trial suspension...
May 7, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789608/downregulation-of-endothelin-receptor-b-contributes-to-defective-b-cell-lymphopoiesis-in-trisomy-21-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Glenn A MacLean, Jennifer McEldoon, Jialiang Huang, Jeremy Allred, Matthew C Canver, Stuart H Orkin
Individuals with Trisomy 21 (T21) exhibit numerous hematological abnormalities, including reductions in numbers of circulating B and T lymphocytes. To elucidate molecular mechanisms underlying these phenotypes, we differentiated human isogenic disomic and trisomic pluripotent cells, and observed that trisomic cells showed defects in B cell, but not T cell differentiation. Global gene expression of differentiated, trisomic B cells revealed reduced expression of genes encoding endothelin signaling components, namely the Endothelin Receptor B (EDNRB), and its ligand Endothelin1 (EDN1)...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789451/zebrafish-models-of-rare-hereditary-pediatric-diseases
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REVIEW
Máté Varga, Dorottya Ralbovszki, Eszter Balogh, Renáta Hamar, Magdolna Keszthelyi, Kálmán Tory
Recent advances in sequencing technologies have made it significantly easier to find the genetic roots of rare hereditary pediatric diseases. These novel methods are not panaceas, however, and they often give ambiguous results, highlighting multiple possible causative mutations in affected patients. Furthermore, even when the mapping results are unambiguous, the affected gene might be of unknown function. In these cases, understanding how a particular genotype can result in a phenotype also needs carefully designed experimental work...
May 22, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789377/polyamine-modulation-of-anticonvulsant-drug-response-a-potential-mechanism-contributing-to-pharmacoresistance-in-chronic-epilepsy
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Niklas Michael Beckonert, Thoralf Opitz, Julika Pitsch, Patrício Soares da Silva, Heinz Beck
Despite the development of numerous novel anticonvulsant drugs, approximately 30% of epilepsy patients remain refractory to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Many established and novel AEDs reduce hyperexcitability via voltage- and use-dependent inhibition of voltage-gated Na+ channels. For the widely-used anticonvulsant carbamazepine (CBZ), use-dependent block of Na+ channels is significantly reduced both in experimental and human epilepsy. However, the molecular underpinnings of this potential cellular mechanism for pharmacoresistance have remained enigmatic...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789365/structural-alteration-of-gut-microbiota-during-the-amelioration-of-human-type-2-diabetes-with-hyperlipidemia-by-metformin-and-a-traditional-chinese-herbal-formula-a-multicenter-randomized-open-label-clinical-trial
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Xiaolin Tong, Jia Xu, Fengmei Lian, Xiaotong Yu, Yufeng Zhao, Lipeng Xu, Menghui Zhang, Xiyan Zhao, Jian Shen, Shengping Wu, Xiaoyan Pang, Jiaxing Tian, Chenhong Zhang, Qiang Zhou, Linhua Wang, Bing Pang, Feng Chen, Zhiping Peng, Jing Wang, Zhong Zhen, Chao Fang, Min Li, Limei Chen, Liping Zhao
Accumulating evidence implicates gut microbiota as promising targets for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). With a randomized clinical trial, we tested the hypothesis that alteration of gut microbiota may be involved in the alleviation of T2DM with hyperlipidemia by metformin and a specifically designed herbal formula (AMC). Four hundred fifty patients with T2DM and hyperlipidemia were randomly assigned to either the metformin- or AMC-treated group. After 12 weeks of treatment, 100 patients were randomly selected from each group and assessed for clinical improvement...
May 22, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789361/breaching-pathogeographic-barriers-by-the-bat-white-nose-fungus
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Johanna Rhodes, Matthew C Fisher
Bat white-nose syndrome has become associated with unparalleled mortality in bat species across the United States since 2006. In a recent article, Drees and colleagues (mBio 8:e01941-17, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01941-17) utilized both whole-genome sequencing and microsatellite data to explore the origin and spread of the causative agent of bat white-nose syndrome, Pseudogymnoascus destructans The research by Drees et al. supports the hypothesis that P. destructans was introduced into North America from Europe, with molecular dating suggesting a divergence from European isolates approximately 100 years ago...
May 22, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788905/genomic-prediction-of-the-polled-and-horned-phenotypes-in-merino-sheep
#17
Naomi Duijvesteijn, Sunduimijid Bolormaa, Hans D Daetwyler, Julius H J van der Werf
BACKGROUND: In horned sheep breeds, breeding for polledness has been of interest for decades. The objective of this study was to improve prediction of the horned and polled phenotypes using horn scores classified as polled, scurs, knobs or horns. Derived phenotypes polled/non-polled (P/NP) and horned/non-horned (H/NH) were used to test four different strategies for prediction in 4001 purebred Merino sheep. These strategies include the use of single 'single nucleotide polymorphism' (SNP) genotypes, multiple-SNP haplotypes, genome-wide and chromosome-wide genomic best linear unbiased prediction and information from imputed sequence variants from the region including the RXFP2 gene...
May 22, 2018: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788794/development-and-implementation-of-an-allergic-reaction-reporting-tool-for-school-health-personnel-a-pilot-study-of-three-chicago-schools
#18
Ozge N Aktas, Lauren M Kao, Alice Hoyt, Mary Siracusa, Rebekah Maloney, Ruchi S Gupta
Food allergy (FA) impacts 8% of children in the United States, thus it is critical to document allergic reactions in order to assist schools in managing FAs. We aimed to develop an online tool to assist school health personnel in tracking the characteristics of all allergic reactions occurring at schools. The Online School Allergic Reaction Registry (OScARR) was developed and implemented in three Chicago schools during the 2016-2017 school year. All allergic reactions occurring at participating schools were recorded by school nurses during this phase...
January 1, 2018: Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788237/diagnostic-yield-of-next-generation-sequencing-in-very-early-onset-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-multicenter-study
#19
Fabienne Charbit-Henrion, Marianna Parlato, Sylvain Hanein, Rémi Duclaux-Loras, Jan Nowak, Bernadette Begue, Sabine Rakotobe, Julie Bruneau, Cécile Fourrage, Olivier Alibeu, Frédéric Rieux-Laucat, Eva Lévy, Marie-Claude Stolzenberg, Fabienne Mazerolles, Sylvain Latour, Christelle Lenoir, Alain Fischer, Capucine Picard, Marina Aloi, Jorge Amil Dias, Mongi Ben Hariz, Anne Bourrier, Christian Breuer, Anne Breton, Jiri Bronski, Stephan Buderus, Mara Cananzi, Stéphanie Coopman, Clara Crémilleux, Alain Dabadie, Clémentine Dumant-Forest, Odul Egritas Gurkan, Alexandre Fabre, Aude Fischer, Marta German Diaz, Yago Gonzalez-Lama, Olivier Goulet, Graziella Guariso, Neslihan Gurcan, Matjaz Homan, Jean-Pierre Hugot, Eric Jeziorski, Evi Karanika, Alain Lachaux, Peter Lewindon, Rosa Lima, Fernando Magro, Janos Major, Georgia Malamut, Emmanuel Mas, Istvan Mattyus, Luisa M Mearin, Jan Melek, Victor Manuel Navas-Lopez, Anders Paerregaard, Cecile Pelatan, Bénédicte Pigneur, Isabel Pinto Pais, Julie Rebeuh, Claudio Romano, Nadia Siala, Caterina Strisciuglio, Michela Tempia-Caliera, Patrick Tounian, Dan Turner, Vaidotas Urbonas, Stéphanie Willot, Frank M Ruemmele, Nadine Cerf-Bensussan
Background and Aims: An expanding number of monogenic defects have been identified as causative of severe forms of very early-onset inflammatory bowel diseases (VEO-IBD). The present study aimed at defining how next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods can be used to improve identification of known molecular diagnosis and adapt treatment. Methods: 207 children were recruited in 45 Paediatric centres through an international collaborative network (ESPGHAN GENIUS working group) with a clinical presentation of severe VEO-IBD (n=185) or an anamnesis suggestive of a monogenic disorder (n=22)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788118/risk-factors-for-treatment-failure-and-mortality-among-hospitalised-patients-with-complicated-urinary-tract-infection-a-multicentre-retrospective-cohort-study-rescuing-study-group
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Noa Eliakim-Raz, Tanya Babitch, Evelyn Shaw, Ibironke Addy, Irith Wiegand, Christiane Vank, Laura Torre-Vallejo, Vigo Joan-Miquel, Morris Steve, Sally Grier, Margaret Stoddart, Cuperus Nienke, Leo van den Heuvel, Cuong Vuong, Alasdair MacGowan, Jordi Carratalà, Leonard Leibovici, Miquel Pujol
Background: Complicated urinary tract infections (cUTIs) are responsible for a major share of all antibiotic consumption in hospitals. We aim to describe risk factors for treatment failure and mortality among hospitalised patients with cUTIs. Methods: A multinational, multicentre retrospective cohort study, conducted in 20 countries in Europe and the Middle East. Data were collected from patients' files on hospitalised patients with a diagnosis of cUTI during 2013-2014...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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