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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642888/aquaporin-4-antibodies-in-patients-treated-with-natalizumab-for-suspected-ms
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Anna Gahlen, Anne-Kathrin Trampe, Steffen Haupeltshofer, Marius Ringelstein, Orhan Aktas, Achim Berthele, Brigitte Wildemann, Ralf Gold, Sven Jarius, Ingo Kleiter
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate (1) the frequency of aquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-ab)-seropositive cases among patients treated with natalizumab (NAT) and previously diagnosed with MS (MS(NAT)) in a nationwide cohort, (2) the clinical course of NAT-treated AQP4-ab-seropositive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) patients (NMO(NAT)), (3) AQP4-ab titers in NMO(NAT) and AQP4-ab-seropositive NMOSD treated with other immunotherapies (NMO(IT)), and (4) immune mechanisms influencing disease activity in NMO(NAT)...
July 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641775/is-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-protective-against-multiple-sclerosis-risk
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Asli Koskderelioglu, Ilhan Afsar, Bayram Pektas, Muhtesem Gedizlioglu
BACKGROUND: Parasitic infections may play a protective role in neurodegenative diseases. OBJECTıVE: To determine the association between Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) infection and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). METHODS: One hundred fifteen patients with MS were included in the study. Sixty age and gender-matched healthy subjects were recruited as controls. Subjects were assessed for clinical and demographic parameters. The presence of specific IgG antibodies against T...
July 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637202/adherence-to-antipsychotic-medication-and-criminal-recidivism-in-a-canadian-provincial-offender-population
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Stefanie N Rezansoff, Akm Moniruzzaman, Seena Fazel, Lawrence McCandless, Julian M Somers
Preliminary evidence suggests that adherence to antipsychotic medication reduces criminal recidivism among patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, existing studies operationalize antipsychotic adherence as a binary variable (usually using a threshold of ≥80%), which does not reflect the prevalence of suboptimal adherence in real-world settings. The purpose of the current analysis was to investigate the association between successive ordinal levels of antipsychotic adherence and criminal recidivism in a well-defined sample of offenders diagnosed with schizophrenia (n = 11462)...
June 20, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632763/efficacy-of-ibuprofen-on-prevention-of-high-altitude-headache-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Juan Xiong, Hui Lu, Rong Wang, Zhengping Jia
OBJECTIVE: Ibuprofen is used to prevent high altitude headache (HAH) but its efficacy remains controversial. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) of ibuprofen for the prevention of HAH. METHODS: Studies reporting efficacy of ibuprofen for prevention of HAH were identified by searching electronic databases (until December 2016). The primary outcome was the difference in incidence of HAH between ibuprofen and placebo groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625444/nitrous-oxide-for-labor-analgesia-utilization-and-predictors-of-conversion-to-neuraxial-analgesia
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Caitlin D Sutton, Alexander J Butwick, Edward T Riley, Brendan Carvalho
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examined the characteristics of women who choose nitrous oxide for labor analgesia and identified factors that predict conversion from nitrous oxide to labor neuraxial analgesia. DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study. SETTING: Labor and Delivery Ward. PATIENTS: 146 pregnant women who used nitrous oxide for analgesia during labor and delivery between September 2014 and September 2015. INTERVENTIONS: Chart review only...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619160/protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification-corroborates-the-absence-of-prp-sc-accumulation-in-placenta-from-foetuses-with-the-arr-arq-genotype-in-natural-scrapie
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María Carmen Garza, Hasier Eraña, Joaquín Castilla, Cristina Acín, Antonia Vargas, Juan José Badiola, Eva Monleón
Ovine scrapie is a worldwide spread prion disease that is transmitted horizontally under field conditions. Placenta from scrapie-infected ewes is an important source of infection, since this tissue can accumulate high amounts of PrP(Sc) depending on the foetal genotype. Therefore, placentas carrying susceptible foetuses can accumulate PrP(Sc) but there is not PrP(Sc) accumulation in presence of foetuses with at least one ARR haplotype. In scrapie eradication programs, ARR/ARR males are used for breeding to increase the resistant progeny and reduce the horizontal transmission of the disease through the placenta...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617814/risk-of-pneumonia-in-obstructive-lung-disease-a-real-life-study-comparing-extra-fine-and-fine-particle-inhaled-corticosteroids
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Samatha Sonnappa, Richard Martin, Elliot Israel, Dirkje Postma, Wim van Aalderen, Annie Burden, Omar S Usmani, David B Price
BACKGROUND: Regular use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in patients with obstructive lung diseases has been associated with a higher risk of pneumonia, particularly in COPD. The risk of pneumonia has not been previously evaluated in relation to ICS particle size and dose used. METHODS: Historical cohort, UK database study of 23,013 patients with obstructive lung disease aged 12-80 years prescribed extra-fine or fine-particle ICS. The endpoints assessed during the outcome year were diagnosis of pneumonia, acute exacerbations and acute respiratory events in relation to ICS dose...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612475/how-hiv-affects-health-and-service-use-for-adults-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities
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A Durbin, H K Brown, S Bansal, T Antoniou, J K H Jung, Y Lunsky
OBJECTIVE(S): Although rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are similar for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), very little is known about the health needs and service use of those with IDD and HIV. Among a population with IDD, we compared the physical and mental health profiles, as well as general and mental health service use for those with and without HIV. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study in Ontario, Canada using linked administrative health and social service databases...
July 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608315/effectiveness-of-low-dose-of-rituximab-compared-with-azathioprine-in-chinese-patients-with-neuromyelitis-optica-an-over-2-year-follow-up-study
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Meini Zhang, Chuntao Zhang, Peng Bai, Huiru Xue, Guilian Wang
Neuromyelitis optical (NMO) and neuromyelitis optical spectrum disorder (NMOSD) are inflammatory autoimmune demyelination diseases affecting the central nervous system. We investigated the efficiency of low-dose rituximab treatment in 31 Chinese patients with NMO/NMOSD across a median period of 2.29 ± 0.97 years and azathioprine combined with corticosteroid treatment in 34 Chinese patients with NMO/NMOSD across a median period of 2.61 ± 0.94 years. Among the rituximab-treated patients, the mean Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) was 5...
June 12, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603578/restraint-and-social-isolation-stressors-differentially-regulate-adaptive-immunity-and-tumor-angiogenesis-in-a-breast-cancer-mouse-model
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Raluca A Budiu, Anda M Vlad, Linda Nazario, Chandra Bathula, Kristine L Cooper, Jessica Edmed, Premal H Thaker, Julie Urban, Pawel Kalinski, Adrian V Lee, Esther L Elishaev, Thomas P Conrads, Melanie S Flint
The ability of stress to induce immune suppression is widely recognized, but the mechanisms underlying the effects of stress on the adaptive immune system during tumor progression are not completely understood. To study the effect of stress on the immune system in vivo, we used a preclinical immunocompetent mouse model bearing 4T1 mammary adenocarcinoma cells. Mice were randomized into 4 groups, including social isolation (SI), acute restraint stress (aRRS), chronic restraint stress (cRRS), or no stress (NS)...
May 2017: Cancer and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601567/impact-of-evidence-based-interventions-on-wound-complications-after-cesarean
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Lorene A Temming, Nandini Raghuraman, Ebony B Carter, Molly J Stout, Roxane M Rampersad, George A Macones, Alison G Cahill, Methodius G Tuuli
BACKGROUND: A number of evidence-based interventions have been proposed to reduce post cesarean wound complications. Examples of such interventions include appropriate timing of preoperative antibiotics, appropriate choice of skin antisepsis, closure of the subcutaneous layer if subcutaneous depth is ≥ 2 cm, and subcuticular skin closure with suture rather than staples. However, the collective impact of these measures is unclear. OBJECTIVE: We sought to estimate the impact of a group of evidence-based surgical measures (prophylactic antibiotics administered prior to skin incision, chlorhexidine-alcohol for skin antisepsis, closure of subcutaneous layer, and subcuticular skin closure with suture) on wound complications after cesarean, and to estimate residual risk factors for wound complications...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600893/pregnancy-marfan-syndrome-and-type-b-aortic-dissection
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Mark R Johnson, Jolien W Roos Hesselink
Sayama et al describe the outcome of 17 pregnancies in 15 women with a clinical or genetic diagnosis of Marfan syndrome (MS) as per the revised Ghent criteria (Dietz et al, J Med Genet. 2010;47;476-85). Five patients (5 pregnancies) had undergone aortic root replacement prior to pregnancy and 10 (12 pregnancies) had not. A type B aortic dissection AD(B) occurred in 3 of the 5 with prior aortic root replacement (ARR) and 1 of the 10, without. This case series reminds us of critically important points in the management of pregnant women with MS who have undergone ARR...
June 10, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599397/infant-mortality-and-causes-of-death-by-birth-weight-for-gestational-age-in-non-malformed-singleton-infants-a-2002-2012-population-based-study
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Tanja Premru-Srsen, Ivan Verdenik, Barbara Mihevc Ponikvar, Lili Steblovnik, Ksenija Geršak, Lilijana Kornhauser Cerar
OBJECTIVE: To explore the associations between birth weight for gestational age (GA) and infant mortality as well as causes of infant death. STUDY DESIGN: A population-based observational study conducted between 2002 and 2012 included 203,620 non-malformed singleton live births from Slovenia. Poisson regression analyses were performed to estimate the crude relative risk (RR) and adjusted RR (aRR) for infant mortality by birth weight percentiles stratified by the GA subgroups term, moderate-to-late preterm, very preterm and extremely preterm...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594268/simultaneous-but-spatially-different-regulation-of-non-photosynthetic-callus-formation-and-photosynthetic-root-development-after-shoot-removal
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Koichi Kobayashi, Akira Iwase
Plants coordinate plastid differentiation and cellular differentiation during tissue development. Recently, we reported a mechanism of chloroplast development and photosynthetic improvement in Arabidopsis roots after shoot removal. Shoot removal induces the expression of WOUND INDUCED DEDIFFERENTIATION (WIND) transcription factors at the wound site, which activates type-B ARABIDOPSIS RESPONSE REGULATOR (ARR)-mediated cytokinin signaling in roots. The type-B ARR signaling upregulates chloroplast-related transcription factors along with photosynthesis-associated genes, thereby inducing chloroplast development in detached roots...
June 8, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592753/recent-surgical-results-for-active-endocarditis-complicated-with-perivalvular-abscess
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Daisuke Yoshioka, Koichi Toda, Jun-Ya Yokoyama, Ryohei Matsuura, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yukitoshi Shirakawa, Toshiki Takahashi, Taichi Sakaguchi, Hirotsugu Fukuda, Yoshiki Sawa
BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment for endocarditis patients with a perivalvular abscess is still challenging.Methods and Results:From 2009 to 2016, 470 patients underwent surgery for active endocarditis at 11 hospitals. Of these, 226 patients underwent aortic valve surgery. We compared the clinical results of 162 patients without a perivalvular abscess, 37 patients who required patch reconstruction of the aortic annulus (PR group) and 27 who underwent aortic root replacement (ARR group)...
June 8, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592607/maternal-dietary-intakes-of-refined-grains-during-pregnancy-and-growth-through-the-first-7-y-of-life-among-children-born-to-women-with-gestational-diabetes
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Yeyi Zhu, Sjurdur F Olsen, Pauline Mendola, Thorhallur I Halldorsson, Edwina H Yeung, Charlotta Granström, Anne A Bjerregaard, Jing Wu, Shristi Rawal, Jorge E Chavarro, Frank B Hu, Cuilin Zhang
Background: Refined grains, a major source of dietary carbohydrates, have been related to impaired glucose homeostasis and obesity. Emerging animal data suggest that in utero exposure to dietary refined carbohydrates may predispose offspring to an obese phenotype, indicating a potential role for nutritional programming in the early origins of obesity, but intergenerational human data are lacking.Objective: We prospectively investigated refined-grain intake during pregnancy in association with offspring growth through age 7 y among high-risk children born to women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592038/-the-application-of-captopril-challenge-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-primary-aldosteronism
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S Chen, Z P Zeng, A L Song, L Zhu, L Lu, A L Tong, C Shi, H Z Li
Objective: To evaluate the value of captopril challenge test (CCT) in the diagnosis of primary aldosteronism (PA). Methods: A total of 674 patients [(45.0±13.7) years, men 341, women 333] admitted to Peking Union Medical College Hospital from 2000 to 2015 were analyzed. Among them, 222 subjects were with essential hypertension (EH), 28 were with pheochromocytoma (PHEO), 246 were with idiopathic hyperaldosteronism (IHA) and 178 were with aldosterone producing adenoma (APA). All patients received CCT. 24 h urine sodium was measured in partial patients...
June 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590440/the-impact-of-integrated-infant-and-young-child-feeding-and-micronutrient-powder-intervention-on-feeding-practices-and-anemia-in-children-aged-6-23-months-in-madagascar
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Lindsey M Locks, Ietje Reerink, Amal Tucker Brown, Smaila Gnegne, Noelimanjaka Ramalanjaona, Simeon Nanama, Christopher P Duggan, Aashima Garg
This study assesses the impact of an integrated infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and micronutrient powder (MNP) intervention on children's risk of anemia and IYCF practices in Madagascar. Quantitative baseline and endline surveys were conducted in representative households with children 6-23 months from two districts, where an 18-month IYCF-MNP intervention was implemented. Relative risks comparing children's risk of anemia and maternal IYCF knowledge and practices at baseline versus endline, and also at endline among MNP-users versus non-users were estimated using log-binomial regression models...
June 7, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586472/maternal-consumption-of-artificially-sweetened-beverages-during-pregnancy-and-offspring-growth-through-7-years-of-age-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Yeyi Zhu, Sjurdur F Olsen, Pauline Mendola, Thorhallur I Halldorsson, Shristi Rawal, Stefanie N Hinkle, Edwina H Yeung, Jorge E Chavarro, Louise G Grunnet, Charlotta Granström, Anne A Bjerregaard, Frank B Hu, Cuilin Zhang
Background: Artificial sweeteners are widely replacing caloric sweeteners. Data on long-term impact of artificially sweetened beverage (ASB) consumption during pregnancy on offspring obesity risk are lacking. We prospectively investigated intake of ASBs and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) during pregnancy in relation to offspring growth through age 7 years among high-risk children born to women with gestational diabetes. Methods: In a prospective study of 918 mother-singleton child dyads from the Danish National Birth Cohort, maternal dietary intake was assessed by a food frequency questionnaire during pregnancy...
June 6, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586254/hospitalizations-for-asthma-among-adults-exposed-to-the-september-11-2001-world-trade-center-terrorist-attack
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Sara A Miller-Archie, Hannah T Jordan, Howard Alper, Juan P Wisnivesky, James E Cone, Stephen M Friedman, Robert M Brackbill
OBJECTIVE: We described patterns of asthma hospitalization among persons exposed to the 2001 World Trade Center (WTC) attacks, and assessed whether 9/11-related exposures or comorbidities, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and gastroesophageal reflux symptoms (GERS), were associated with an increased rate of hospitalization. METHODS: Data for adult enrollees in the WTC Health Registry, a prospective cohort study, with self-reported physician-diagnosed asthma who resided in New York State on 9/11 were linked to administrative hospitalization data to identify asthma hospitalizations during September 11, 2001-December 31, 2010...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
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