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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534833/coagulating-colubrids-evolutionary-pathophysiological-and-biodiscovery-implications-of-venom-variations-between-boomslang-dispholidus-typus-and-twig-snake-thelotornis-mossambicanus
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Jordan Debono, James Dobson, Nicholas R Casewell, Anthony Romilio, Bin Li, Nyoman Kurniawan, Karine Mardon, Vera Weisbecker, Amanda Nouwens, Hang Fai Kwok, Bryan G Fry
Venoms can deleteriously affect any physiological system reachable by the bloodstream, including directly interfering with the coagulation cascade. Such coagulopathic toxins may be anticoagulants or procoagulants. Snake venoms are unique in their use of procoagulant toxins for predatory purposes. The boomslang (Dispholidus typus) and the twig snakes (Thelotornis species) are iconic African snakes belonging to the family Colubridae. Both species produce strikingly similar lethal procoagulant pathologies. Despite these similarities, antivenom is only produced for treating bites by D...
May 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534655/pain-and-adverse-behavior-in-declawed-cats
#2
Nicole K Martell-Moran, Mauricio Solano, Hugh Gg Townsend
Objectives The aim of this study was to assess the impact of onychectomy (declawing) upon subsequent development of back pain and unwanted behavior in cohorts of treated and control cats housed in two different locations. Methods This was a retrospective cohort study. In total, there was 137 declawed and 137 non-declawed cats, of which 176 were owned cats (88 declawed, 88 non-declawed) and 98 were shelter cats (49 declawed and 49 non-declawed). All cats were physically examined for signs of pain and barbering...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534123/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-symptoms-and-psychological-comorbidity-in-eating-disorder-patients
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L Sala, G Martinotti, M L Carenti, L Romo, M Oumaya, A Pham-Scottez, F Rouillon, P Gorwood, L Janiri
PURPOSE: There is some evidence that eating disorders (ED) and Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) share common clinical features and that ADHD might contribute to the severity of eating disorders. A greater understanding of how the presence of comorbid ADHD may affect the psychopathological framework of eating disorder seems of primary importance. The aim of our study was to evaluate rates of ADHD in three ED subgroups of inpatients: anorexia nervosa restricting type (AN-R), anorexia nervosa binge-eating/purging type (AN-BP) and bulimia nervosa (BN)...
May 22, 2017: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533956/toxicity-repellency-and-flushing-out-in-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-exposed-to-the-repellents-deet-and-ir3535
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Mercedes M N Reynoso, Emilia A Seccacini, Javier A Calcagno, Eduardo N Zerba, Raúl A Alzogaray
DEET and IR3535 are insect repellents present worldwide in commercial products; their efficacy has been mainly evaluated in mosquitoes. This study compares the toxicological effects and the behavioral responses induced by both repellents on the blood-sucking bug Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), one of the main vectors of Chagas disease. When applied topically, the Median Lethal Dose (72 h) for DEET was 220.8 µg/insect. Using IR3535, topical application of 500 µg/insect killed no nymphs. The minimum concentration that produced repellency was the same for both compounds: 1,15 µg/cm(2)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527188/optimum-pure-intrusion-of-a-mandibular-canine-with-the-segmented-arch-in-lingual-orthodontics
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Abhishek M Thote, Krishna Sharma, Rashmi V Uddanwadiker, Sunita Shrivastava
BACKGROUND: Approximately 50% patients with a deep bite possess anatomically extruded mandibular canines. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to specify an optimum toe (Θ) of the vertical segment of a cantilever from the distal aspect to achieve pure intrusion of a mandibular canine with the segmented arch in lingual orthodontics (LiO). METHODS: The geometrical model of a mandibular canine was developed to compute the required values of Θ (positive values - toe-in, negative values - toe-out)...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527175/chorea-and-orofaciolingual-dystonia-in-a-40-year-old-male
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Lulup Kumar Sahoo, Kali Prasanna Swain, Ashok Kumar Mallick, Geeta Mohanty, Maheswar Samanta, Srikanta Kumar Sahoo
Neuroacanthocytosis is a heterogeneous group of disorders which result in progressive neurodegeneration, predominantly of the basal ganglia, and erythrocyte acanthocytosis. We report a case of neuroacanthocytosis with typical phenotype of choreoacanthocytosis. A 40 year male presented with features of chorea with orofaciolingual dystonia producing eating and speech difficulties. There were features of self mutilation in form of lip and tongue biting. Peripheral blood smear examination revealed acanthocytes in our patient...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526564/direct-detection-of-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-by-polymerase-chain-reaction-followed-by-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-from-human-blood
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Heimo Lagler, Nicole Harrison, Manuel Kussmann, Markus Obermüller, Heinz Burgmann, Athanasios Makristathis, Michael Ramharter
Bacterial pathogens not detectable in commercial blood culture assays constitute an important challenge for infectious disease physicians, in particular if clinical symptoms of the illness are unspecific. In this report Anaplasma phagocytophilum was detected directly from a peripheral blood sample of a febrile patient reporting a tick bite by a commercial system based on polymerase chain reaction followed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Therefore, the diagnosis of human granulocytic anaplasmosis infection was established by this diagnostic methodology for the first time...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522323/in-vivo-imaging-of-pathogen-homing-to-the-host-tissues
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Joana Tavares, David M Costa, Ana Rafaela Teixeira, Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva, Rogerio Amino
Hematogenous dissemination followed by tissue tropism is a characteristic of the infectious process of many pathogens including those transmitted by blood-feeding vectors. After entering into the blood circulation, these pathogens must arrest in the target organ before they infect a specific tissue. Here, we describe a non-invasive method to visualize and quantify the homing of pathogens to the host tissues. By using in vivo bioluminescence imaging we quantify the accumulation of luciferase-expressing parasites in the host organs during the first minutes following their intravascular inoculation in mice...
May 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520860/growing-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-longitudinal-changes-in-their-dentofacial-morphology-and-orofacial-functional-capacities
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Fabienne Egli, Sébastien Botteron, Catherine Morel, Stavros Kiliaridis
Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the longitudinal changes in facial morphology, dental arch alterations and oral functional capacities that occur in growing patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in order to identify the effects of the progression of the disease. Subjects and Methods: Twelve DMD patients (6.5-17.5 years of age) and 12 matched controls were screened on two different occasions (T1 and T2), 2 years apart. Dental casts, lateral cephalometric radiographs, maximal posterior bite force and labial force were measured to determine changes in their functional capacities and dentofacial morphology...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515439/the-biomechanics-behind-extreme-osteophagy-in-tyrannosaurus-rex
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Paul M Gignac, Gregory M Erickson
Most carnivorous mammals can pulverize skeletal elements by generating tooth pressures between occluding teeth that exceed cortical bone shear strength, thereby permitting access to marrow and phosphatic salts. Conversely, carnivorous reptiles have non-occluding dentitions that engender negligible bone damage during feeding. As a result, most reptilian predators can only consume bones in their entirety. Nevertheless, North American tyrannosaurids, including the giant (13 metres [m]) theropod dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex stand out for habitually biting deeply into bones, pulverizing and digesting them...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515238/labrid-cleaner-fishes-show-kinematic-convergence-as-juveniles-despite-variation-in-morphology
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Vikram B Baliga, Ze'ev J Bernstein, Shivani Sundaram, Rita S Mehta
Cleaning, a dietary strategy in which ectoparasites or mucous are removed and consumed off other taxa, is performed facultatively or obligately in a variety of species. We explored whether species in the Labridae (wrasses, parrotfishes) of varying ecological specialization employ similar mechanisms of prey capture. In investigating feeding on attached prey among juveniles of 19 species of wrasses, we found that patterns of biting in wrasses are influenced by the interaction between the maxilla and a feature of the premaxilla which we term the maxillary crest...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515206/widespread-ecomorphological-convergence-in-multiple-fish-families-spanning-the-marine-freshwater-interface
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Aaron M Davis, Ricardo Betancur-R
The theoretical definition and quantification of convergence is an increasingly topical focus in evolutionary research, with particular growing interest on study scales spanning deep phylogenetic divergences and broad geographical areas. While much progress has recently been made in understanding the role of convergence in driving terrestrial (e.g. anole lizards) and aquatic (e.g. cichlids) radiations, little is known about its macroevolutionary effects across environmental gradients. This study uses a suite of recently developed comparative approaches integrating diverse aspects of morphology, dietary data, habitat affiliation and phylogeny to assess convergence across several well-known tropical-temperate fish families in the percomorph suborder Terapontoidei, a clade with considerable phenotypic and ecological diversity radiating in both marine and freshwater environments...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513413/-nhg-traumatic-wounds-and-bite-wounds-treatment-guideline
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I M Wichers, M Bouma
- The 'Traumatic wounds and bite wounds' treatment guideline by the NHG (Dutch College of General Practitioners) has recommendations for treating traumatic wounds, bite wounds and wound infection.- It is important to distinguish between traumatic wounds and bite wounds because treatment of lacerations and cuts differs from treatment of bites.- Clean a wound under a lukewarm water tap; avoid using disinfectants.- Preferably close traumatic wounds within 12 hours, provided that the wounds have been carefully cleaned and that there are no referral indications...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512589/a-case-of-early-disseminated-neurological-lyme-disease-followed-by-atypical-cutaneous-manifestations
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Vamsi Kantamaneni, Vikas Sunder, Mohammad Bilal, Scott Vargo
Lyme disease (LD) is a tick-borne illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto. An 80-year-old female from Pennsylvania, USA, presented to an outside hospital with fever, confusion, lower extremity weakness, and stool incontinence. CT head and MRI spine were unremarkable. An infectious work-up including lumbar puncture was negative. She was transferred to our tertiary care hospital. Patient was noted to have mild unilateral right-sided facial droop and a diffuse macular rash throughout the body. She denied any outdoor activities, tick bites, or previous rash...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512539/longitudinal-effects-of-rapid-maxillary-expansion-on-masticatory-muscles-activity
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Elena Di Palma, Michele Tepedino, Claudio Chimenti, Gianluca M Tartaglia, Chiarella Sforza
BACKGROUND: To investigate the modifications induced by rapid maxillary expansion (RME) on the electromyographic (EMG) activities of the anterior temporal and superficial masseter muscles, in patients without pre-treatment EMG alterations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one patients with unilateral posterior cross-bite selected from the orthodontic department of the University of L'Aquila (Italy), were enrolled. There was no control group in this study since each subject acted as a control of her/himself...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510574/dose-of-antivenom-for-the-treatment-of-snakebite-with-neurotoxic-envenoming-evidence-from-a-randomised-controlled-trial-in-nepal
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Emilie Alirol, Sanjib Kumar Sharma, Anup Ghimire, Antoine Poncet, Christophe Combescure, Chabilal Thapa, Vijaya Prasad Paudel, Kalidas Adhikary, Walter Robert Taylor, David Warrell, Ulrich Kuch, François Chappuis
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is inadequate evidence on which to base clinical management of neurotoxic snakebite envenoming, especially in the choice of initial antivenom dosage. This randomised controlled trial compared the effectiveness and safety of high versus low initial antivenom dosage in victims of neurotoxic envenoming. METHODOLOGY/ PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This was a balanced, randomised, double-blind trial that was conducted in three health care centers located in the Terai plains of Nepal...
May 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510517/biosimilars-in-oncology-reality-could-bite-the-copycats-dog-potential-major-savings
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Timothy Kelley
No one knows how much of an effect biosimilars will have on oncology expenditures. Pricing and market share are in a large, opaque "to be determined" cloud. But there's certainly potential for a major impact that could lower oncology expenditures by millions, if not billions.
March 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508980/an-adult-case-of-severe-steroid-resistant-henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-nephritis-treated-with-intravenous-cyclophosphamide-and-tonsillectomy
#18
Emi Sasaki, Maki Shibata, Asami Kato, Naoto Hamano, Takashi Katsuki, Manami Tada, Fumihiko Hinoshita
A previously healthy 37-year-old Canadian man living in Japan visited a hospital in Thailand while traveling because of edematous legs, purpura, arthralgia, bloody stool, and fever after an insect bite. Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) was suspected. His creatinine level was 5.2 mg/dL. He was treated with oral prednisolone (PSL) and oral cyclophosphamide (CPA); after treatment, his creatinine level improved to 2.4 mg/dL. Upon returning to Japan, he was admitted to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital in Tokyo...
November 2016: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507562/antivenomics-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-neutralizing-capacity-of-the-crotalic-antivenom-a-study-with-crotamine
#19
Ricardo Teixeira-Araújo, Patrícia Castanheira, Leonora Brazil-Más, Francisco Pontes, Moema Leitão de Araújo, Maria Lucia Machado Alves, Russolina Benedeta Zingali, Carlos Correa-Netto
BACKGROUND: Snakebite treatment requires administration of an appropriate antivenom that should contain antibodies capable of neutralizing the venom. To achieve this goal, antivenom production must start from a suitable immunization protocol and proper venom mixtures. In Brazil, antivenom against South American rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus) bites is produced by public institutions based on the guidelines defined by the regulatory agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, ANVISA...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505276/african-tick-bite-fever-treated-successfully-with-rifampin-in-a-patient-with-doxycycline-intolerance
#20
Andrew Strand, Christopher D Paddock, Alex R Rinehart, Marah E Condit, Jessica R Marus, Shezeen Gilliani, Ida H Chung, Vance G Fowler
African tick bite fever is the most commonly encountered travel-associated rickettsiosis, occurring in as many as 5% of travelers returning from rural sub-equatorial Africa. This case report illustrates that rifampin represents an effective alternative to doxycycline for treatment of ATBF in some selective situations.
May 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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