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M S Tan, E J Teoh, C P Hor, A A C Yeoh
INTRODUCTION: Children who develop any hypersensitivity reaction to eggs are routinely referred to hospital for Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccination as inpatients to prevent anaphylaxis. We aimed to study the association between hypersensitivity reactions after egg exposure and similar reactions after MMR immunisation; and examine the necessity of hospital admission for vaccination. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in Paediatric Department in Bukit Mertajam Hospital, Penang, between March and December 2014...
August 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Yanping Li, Rong Cheng Li, Qiang Ye, Changgui Li, You Ping Liu, Xiao Ma, Yanan Li, Hong Zhao, Xiaoling Chen, Deepak Assudani, Naveen Karkada, Htay Htay Han, Olivier Van Der Meeren, Narcisa Mesaros
We conducted three phase III, randomized, open-label, clinical trials assessing the safety, reactogenicity (all studies), immunogenicity (Primary vaccination study) and persistence of immune responses (Booster study) to the combined diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (DTPa-IPV/Hib) in Chinese infants and toddlers. In the Pilot study (NCT00964028), 50 infants (randomized 1:1) received three doses of DTPa-IPV/Hib at 2-3-4 (Group A) or 3-4-5 months of age (Group B)...
October 21, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
K Reich, M Gooderham, L Green, A Bewley, Z Zhang, I Khanskaya, R M Day, J Goncalves, K Shah, V Piguet, J Soung
BACKGROUND: Apremilast, an oral, small-molecule phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor, has demonstrated efficacy in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate efficacy and safety of apremilast vs. placebo in biologic-naive patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and safety of switching from etanercept to apremilast in a phase IIIb, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study (NCT01690299). METHODS: 250 patients were randomized to placebo (n=84), apremilast 30 mg BID (n=83) or etanercept 50 mg QW (n=83) through Week 16; thereafter, all patients continued or switched to apremilast through Week 104...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Jessica A Flynn, Eberhard Durr, Ryan Swoyer, Pedro J Cejas, Melanie S Horton, Jennifer D Galli, Scott A Cosmi, Amy S Espeseth, Andrew J Bett, Lan Zhang
Infection with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) causes both upper and lower respiratory tract disease in humans, leading to significant morbidity and mortality in both young children and older adults. Currently, there is no licensed vaccine available, and therapeutic options are limited. During the infection process, the type I viral fusion (F) glycoprotein on the surface of the RSV particle rearranges from a metastable prefusion conformation to a highly stable postfusion form. In people naturally infected with RSV, most potent neutralizing antibodies are directed to the prefusion form of the F protein...
2016: PloS One
B P C Hoppe, E de Jongh, A Griffioen-Keijzer, J M Zijlstra-Baalbergen, E P F IJzerman, F Baboe
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a paramyxovirus that causes respiratory tract infections ranging from mild upper airway infection to severe pneumonia. Patients with haematological disease, especially haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients, are more likely to develop more severe infections. We describe three cases of hMPV infection in HSCT patients. The most reliable diagnostic procedure for hMPV is multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) on a nasopharyngeal swab. Sensitivity and specificity of MLPA to detect hMPV is high and time to diagnosis is short...
October 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Hongyu He, Lirong Jin, Minjie Ju, Guowei Tu, Zhe Luo
BACKGROUND: Acute transverse myelitis is uncommon and presumably results from an autoimmune process or a preceding infection. Most cases of bacterial myelitis are due to hematogenous dissemination from urinary or respiratory tract infections or contiguous spreading from a neighboring infected structure. A psoas abscess rarely spreads to higher levels of the spinal cord. No cases of acute cervical myelitis due to a psoas abscess have been previously reported. CASE PRESENTATION: A 34-year-old man was transferred to our hospital due to progressive muscle weakness, sensory deficits and severe hypotension...
October 18, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Kuauhyama Luna-Ortiz, Mario Alonso-Calamaco, Ramses U Ortiz-Leyva
Osteosarcoma in the craniofacial region is rare. A 43-year-old female, the patient, self-detected a 3-cm tumor of the right frontoparietal region 4 months before. An incisional biopsy was performed and a osteosarcoma was reported. At admission, a 4 × 5 cm tumor was present on the right frontoparietal region, without extending to the orbital region but the patient underwent surgery 2 months after admission. The delay was due to 2 episodes of upper respiratory tract infection that required resolution. At the time of surgery the tumor measured 8 × 9 cm...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
G Varela-Fascinetto, C Benchimol, R Reyes-Acevedo, M Genevray, D Bradley, J Ives, H T Silva
This multicenter, open-label study evaluated the tolerability of extended prophylaxis with valganciclovir in pediatric kidney transplant recipients at risk of CMV disease. Fifty-six patients aged 4 months to 16 years received once-daily valganciclovir oral solution and/or tablets, dosed by BSA and renal function, for up to 200 days. The most common AEs on treatment were upper respiratory tract infection (33.9%), urinary tract infection (33.9%), diarrhea (32.1%), leukopenia (25.0%), neutropenia (23.2%), and headache (21...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
A J Kivitz, S R Gutierrez-Ureña, J Poiley, M C Genovese, R Kristy, K Shay, X Wang, J P Garg, A Zubrzycka-Sienkiewicz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate efficacy and safety of orally administered once-daily peficitinib in combination with methotrexate (MTX) in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had an inadequate response to MTX. METHODS: In this multinational, phase IIb, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging trial, patients with RA (N=378) were treated with peficitinib 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg + MTX, or matching placebo + MTX once daily for 12 weeks (NCT01554696)...
October 16, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Philip Mease, Iain B McInnes
INTRODUCTION: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an immune-mediated chronic inflammatory arthropathy associated with impaired physical function and reduced quality of life. Biologic therapies that target tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) have significantly improved clinical outcomes. Partial, non- and transient responses remain common comprising significant unmet clinical need. New therapies with novel modes of action are urgently required. OBJECTIVES: The interleukin (IL)-17 pathway has recently been attributed a critical role in the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritides...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Fusun Gediz, Bahriye Kadriye Payzin, Sertac Ecemis, Naile Güler, Asu Fergun Yilmaz, Fusun Topcugil, Afig Berdeli
INTRODUCTION: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) is a thrombotic microangiopathy, which develops as a result of defective activity of the alternative complement pathway and excessive complement activation due to genetic or acquired factors. No satisfactory responses were obtained by plasmapheresis, corticosteroids and fresh frozen plasma (FFP) transfusion. However, promising results are obtained in recent years by eculuzimab treatment, which inhibits C5 activation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy, safety and effect of eculizumab on quality of life of adult aHUS patients followed in our center...
September 30, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Shaun K Morris, Lisa G Pell, Mohammed Ziaur Rahman, Michelle C Dimitris, Abdullah Mahmud, M Munirul Islam, Tahmeed Ahmed, Eleanor Pullenayegum, Tahmid Kashem, Shaila S Shanta, Jonathan Gubbay, Eszter Papp, Michelle Science, Stanley Zlotkin, Daniel E Roth
BACKGROUND: Early infancy is a high-risk period for severe acute respiratory infection (ARI), particularly in low-income countries with resource-limited health systems. Lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) is commonly preceded by upper respiratory infection (URTI), and often caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and other common community-acquired viral pathogens. Vitamin D status is a candidate modifiable early-life determinant of the host antiviral immune response and thus may influence the risk of ARI-associated morbidity in high-risk populations...
October 13, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Rapeephan R Maude, Aniruddha Ghose, Rasheda Samad, Hanna K de Jong, Masako Fukushima, Lalith Wijedoru, Mahtab Uddin Hassan, Md Amir Hossain, Md Rezaul Karim, Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Stannie van den Ende, Sujat Pal, A S M Zahed, Wahid Rahman, Rifat Karnain, Rezina Islam, Dung Thi Ngoc Tran, Tuyen Thanh Ha, Anh Hong Pham, James I Campbell, H Rogier van Doorn, Richard J Maude, Tom van der Poll, W Joost Wiersinga, Nicholas P J Day, Stephen Baker, Arjen M Dondorp, Christopher M Parry, Md Abul Faiz
BACKGROUND: Fever is a common cause of hospital admission in Bangladesh but causative agents, other than malaria, are not routinely investigated. Enteric fever is thought to be common. METHODS: Adults and children admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital with a temperature of ≥38.0 °C were investigated using a blood smear for malaria, a blood culture, real-time PCR to detect Salmonella Typhi, S. Paratyphi A and other pathogens in blood and CSF and an NS1 antigen dengue ELISA...
October 13, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
L Patrick Schenck, Michael G Surette, Dawn M E Bowdish
The intestinal microbiota is essential for nutrient acquisition, immune development, and exclusion of invading pathogens. The upper respiratory tract (URT) microbiota is less well studied and does not appear to abide by many of the paradigms of the gastrointestinal tract. Decades of carriage studies in children have demonstrated that microbe-microbe competition and collusion occurs in the URT. Whether colonization with common pathogens (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae) alters immune development or susceptibility to respiratory conditions is just beginning to be understood...
October 12, 2016: FEBS Letters
Peter H Jones, Harold E Bays, Umesh Chaudhari, Robert Pordy, Christelle Lorenzato, Kathryn Miller, Jennifer G Robinson
Previous individual trials of alirocumab (a PCSK9 monoclonal antibody) showed significant low-density lipoprotein cholesterol reductions with overall treatment-emergent adverse event (TEAE) rates comparable with controls. This analysis evaluated safety data from 14 trials (4 phase 2 and 10 phase 3, 8 to 104 weeks; n = 5,234), in 2 pools according to control (placebo/ezetimibe). Overall, 3,340 patients received alirocumab (4,029 patient-years' exposure), 1,276 received placebo, and 618 received ezetimibe. Incidence of deaths, serious TEAEs, discontinuations because of TEAEs, and overall TEAEs were similar between alirocumab and control groups...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Ce Yang, Jie Gao, Juan Du, Haiyan Wang, Jianxin Jiang, Zhengguo Wang
BACKGROUND: Rescue after a maritime disaster remains a great challenge in emergency medicine. OBJECTIVE: We performed an overview of rescue efforts among the victims in the sunken cruise ship Eastern Star in the 2015 Changjiang River marine disaster, as well as possible preventive measures in maritime transport situations. METHODS: The rescue records of 454 victims of the sunken ship were analyzed retrospectively. Their demographic data, rescue effects, accident inducement, and injury disposition were reviewed...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Elysia M Hollams, Shu Mei Teo, Merci Kusel, Barbara J Holt, Kathryn E Holt, Michael Inouye, Nicholas H De Klerk, Guicheng Zhang, Peter D Sly, Prue H Hart, Patrick G Holt
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D (25(OH)D) deficiency has been implicated as a possible risk factor for asthma development, but studies at selected time points measuring 25(OH)D levels during childhood have yielded conflicting findings. Prospective studies tracking 25(OH)D levels during the initiation phase of asthma in early childhood have not been reported. OBJECTIVE: We sought to elucidate relationships between 25(OH)D levels from birth to age 10 years and susceptibility to allergic sensitization, respiratory tract infections, and asthma...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Richard L Hodinka
Acute upper and lower respiratory infections are a major public health problem and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. At greatest risk are young children, the elderly, the chronically ill, and those with suppressed or compromised immune systems. Viruses are the predominant cause of respiratory tract illnesses and include RNA viruses such as respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, metapneumovirus, rhinovirus, and coronavirus. Laboratory testing is required for a reliable diagnosis of viral respiratory infections, as a clinical diagnosis can be difficult since signs and symptoms are often overlapping and not specific for any one virus...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Kim Tien Ng, Jack Bee Chook, Xiang Yong Oong, Yoke Fun Chan, Kok Gan Chan, Nik Sherina Hanafi, Yong Kek Pang, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Kok Keng Tee
Human rhinovirus (HRV) is the major aetiology of respiratory tract infections. HRV viral load assays are available but limitations that affect accurate quantification exist. We developed a one-step Taqman assay using oligonucleotides designed based on a comprehensive list of global HRV sequences. The new oligonucleotides targeting the 5'-UTR region showed high PCR efficiency (E = 99.6%, R(2) = 0.996), with quantifiable viral load as low as 2 viral copies/μl. Assay evaluation using an External Quality Assessment (EQA) panel yielded a detection rate of 90%...
October 10, 2016: Scientific Reports
Surinder Kumar, Sanjeev R Saigal, Gulshan Rai Sethi, Sanchit Kumar
CONTEXT: Chlamydophila pneumoniae is a common cause of community-acquired respiratory infections, including pneumonia, bronchitis, and upper respiratory tract infections. Since it is difficult to detect C. pneumoniae in clinical practice, specific etiological diagnosis is established only in a minority of cases. AIMS: To investigate the role of C. pneumoniae in community-acquired lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) in children, with the use of serological tests and nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
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