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Michael Popovich, Brandy Altstadter, Lara Hargraves Popovich, B S Biology
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act encourages health information exchange between clinical care and public health through Meaningful Use measures. Meaningful Use specifically identifies objectives to support a number of public health programs including immunizations, cancer registries, syndromic surveillance, and disease case reports. The objective is to improve public and population health. Stage 2 of Meaningful Use focused on compliance to sending of information to public health...
2016: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics
Jessica Brandi, Ilaria Dando, Elisa Dalla Pozza, Giulia Biondani, Rosalind Jenkins, Victoria Elliott, Kevin Park, Giuseppina Fanelli, Lello Zolla, Eithne Costello, Aldo Scarpa, Daniela Cecconi, Marta Palmieri
: Recently, we have shown that the secretome of pancreatic cancer stem cells (CSCs) is characterized by proteins that participate in cancer differentiation, invasion, and metastasis. However, the differentially expressed intracellular proteins that lead to the specific characteristics of pancreatic CSCs have not yet been identified, and as a consequence the deranged metabolic pathways are yet to be elucidated. To identify the modulated proteins of pancreatic CSCs, iTRAQ-based proteomic analysis was performed to compare the proteome of Panc1 CSCs and Panc1 parental cells, identifying 230 modulated proteins...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Craig S Rosen, Kathryn J Azevedo, Quyen Q Tiet, Carolyn J Greene, Amanda E Wood, Patrick Calhoun, Thomas Bowe, Bruce P Capehart, Eric F Crawford, Mark A Greenbaum, Alex H S Harris, Michael Hertzberg, Steven E Lindley, Brandy N Smith, Paula P Schnurr
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed whether adding telephone care management to usual outpatient mental health care improved treatment attendance, medication compliance, and clinical outcomes of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHODS: In a multisite randomized controlled trial, 358 veterans were assigned to either usual outpatient mental health treatment (N=165) or usual care plus twice-a-month telephone care management (TCM) and support in the first three months of treatment (N=193)...
October 17, 2016: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Ali N Russell, Xiaojing Zheng, Catherine M O'Connell, Harold C Wiesenfeld, Sharon L Hillier, Brandie D Taylor, Michelle Picard, Jessica Flechtner, Wujuan Zhong, Lauren C Frazer, Toni Darville
BACKGROUND:  Natural infection induces partial immunity to Chlamydia trachomatis Identification of chlamydial antigens that induce interferon-γ secretion by T cells of immune women could advance vaccine development. METHODS:  Interferon-γ production by CD4 and CD8 peripheral blood T cells from 58 high-risk women was measured after co-culture with antigen presenting cells preincubated with recombinant Escherichia coli expressing a panel of 275 chlamydial antigens...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Brandi M Baughman, Huanchen Wang, Yi An, Dmitri Kireev, Michael A Stashko, Henning J Jessen, Kenneth H Pearce, Stephen V Frye, Stephen B Shears
Pharmacological tools-'chemical probes'-that intervene in cell signaling cascades are important for complementing genetically-based experimental approaches. Probe development frequently begins with a high-throughput screen (HTS) of a chemical library. Herein, we describe the design, validation, and implementation of the first HTS-compatible strategy against any inositol phosphate kinase. Our target enzyme, PPIP5K, synthesizes 'high-energy' inositol pyrophosphates (PP-InsPs), which regulate cell function at the interface between cellular energy metabolism and signal transduction...
2016: PloS One
Bruce Ramshaw, Brandie Forman, Eric Heidel, Jonathan Dean, Andrew Gamenthaler, Michael Fabian
Patients who undergo laparoscopic ventral hernia repair can have significant post-operative pain and discomfort from both somatic pain due to mesh fixation and visceral pain due to CO2 insufflation pressure. In an attempt to improve outcomes, a Clinical Quality Improvement (CQI) project was implemented by a multi-disciplinary hernia team. CQI tools were applied for consecutive patients who underwent laparoscopic ventral hernia repair from June 2012 through September 2015 (39 months). Initiatives for improved patient outcomes during this period included the administration of a transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block and/or an intra-operative block with long-acting local anesthetic first, and then a low pressure pneumoperitoneum (LPP) system was implemented later in the project...
October 6, 2016: Surgical Technology International
C Ruggiero, L Bonamassa, L Pelini, I Prioletta, L Cianferotti, A Metozzi, E Benvenuti, G Brandi, A Guazzini, G C Santoro, P Mecocci, D Black, M L Brandi
: This study investigates the relationship between cognitive dysfunction or delirium detected in the early post-surgical phase and the 1-year mortality among 514 hip fracture hospitalized older persons. Patients with early cognitive dysfunction or delirium experienced a 2-fold increased mortality risk. Early post-operative cognitive dysfunction and delirium are negative prognostic factors for mortality. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Premorbid cognitive impairment and dementia in older individuals negatively affect functional recovery after hip fracture...
October 7, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Jason Brazelton, Robert A Oster, Brandi McCleskey, Jessica Fuller, Jill Adamski, Marisa B Marques
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) has >90% mortality without therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE). Despite TPE, approximately 10% of patients still die, presumably from cardiac ischemia. We sought clinical or laboratory parameters associated with death by reviewing the records of all patients hospitalized with acquired TTP in our institution for 10 years, and collect demographics and results for hemoglobin, platelet count, creatinine, lactate dehydrogenase, transaminases, total bilirubin, creatinine kinase (CK), CK-MB, and troponin I...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
Charlotte Beaudart, Eugène McCloskey, Olivier Bruyère, Matteo Cesari, Yves Rolland, René Rizzoli, Islène Araujo de Carvalho, Jotheeswaran Amuthavalli Thiyagarajan, Ivan Bautmans, Marie-Claude Bertière, Maria Luisa Brandi, Nasser M Al-Daghri, Nansa Burlet, Etienne Cavalier, Francesca Cerreta, Antonio Cherubini, Roger Fielding, Evelien Gielen, Francesco Landi, Jean Petermans, Jean-Yves Reginster, Marjolein Visser, John Kanis, Cyrus Cooper
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is increasingly recognized as a correlate of ageing and is associated with increased likelihood of adverse outcomes including falls, fractures, frailty and mortality. Several tools have been recommended to assess muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance in clinical trials. Whilst these tools have proven to be accurate and reliable in investigational settings, many are not easily applied to daily practice. METHODS: This paper is based on literature reviews performed by members of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) working group on frailty and sarcopenia...
October 5, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
Holly L Harper, Jesse K McKenney, Brandie Heald, Andrew Stephenson, Steven C Campbell, Thomas Plesec, Cristina Magi-Galluzzi
Increased risk for upper tract urothelial carcinoma is described in patients with Lynch syndrome, caused by germline mutations in mismatch repair genes. We aimed to identify the frequency of mismatch repair protein loss in upper tract urothelial carcinoma and its potential for identifying an association with Lynch syndrome. We queried our database to identify upper tract urothelial carcinomas. Patients were cross-referenced for history of colorectal carcinoma or other common Lynch syndrome-associated neoplasms to enrich for potential Lynch syndrome cases...
October 7, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Gotmi Sharwan, Parag Jain, Ravindra Pandey, Shiv Shankar Shukla
OBJECTIVES: The goals of this research were to evaluate acute (single-dose) and sub-acute (repeated-dose) toxicity profiles of methanolic extract of Pistacia integerrima J. L. Stewart ex Brandis (PI) for Wistar rats and to assess the safety profile of PI by observing physiological changes, mortality, changes in body weight, the histopathology of body organs, the hematology and the biochemistry of the animals. METHODS: The toxicity profile of PI was evaluated using Wistar rats of both sexes...
September 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Amy Richardson, Elizabeth Tolley, Jonathan Hartmann, Jasmine Reedus, Brandi Bowlin, Christopher Finch, Christopher W Sands, Timothy Self
INTRODUCTION: Approximately 1 in 5 hospitalized COPD patients are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. CHF coexists in more than 20% of patients with COPD, and is associated with early readmission for COPD. Reducing 30-day hospital readmissions for COPD is of intense current interest. METHODOLOGY: A retrospective chart review was performed to identify patients discharged with COPD exacerbation and HFrEF. The primary objective was to evaluate if discharge medication prescribing following guidelines for both COPD and HFrEF correlates with reduced 30-day readmission rates...
October 2016: Respiratory Medicine
Valerie Johnson, Brandy Burgess, Paul Morley, Ryan Bragg, Anne Avery, Steven Dow
Cytokine abnormalities have been described previously in dogs with varied immune mediated and inflammatory conditions such as IMHA and sepsis. The purpose of this study was to establish references ranges for cytokine levels in dogs and to compare cytokine levels in normal dogs and dogs with two common inflammatory diseases (sepsis and IMHA). We hypothesized that cytokine response profiles in dogs with sepsis would be significantly different from those in dogs with IMHA due to the very different etiologies of the two diseases...
November 1, 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Gemma Marcucci, Giuseppe Della Pepa, Maria Luisa Brandi
INTRODUCTION: Hypoparathyroidism is a rare endocrine disorder characterized by hypocalcaemia and hyperphosphatemia, due to absent or inappropriately low parathyroid hormone levels. For management of chronic hypoparathyroidism, current treatment options involve oral calcium and vitamin D. This standard treatment cannot resolve all problematic aspects of the disease, such as abnormal bone remodeling and reduced quality of life, and is associated with long-term complications, including nephrolithiasis, nephrocalcinosis, renal impairment, cataracts and cerebral calcifications...
November 2016: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Lauriane Sindt, Marine Gammacurta, Pierre Waffo-Teguo, Denis Dubourdieu, Axel Marchal
Quercoresinosides A and B (1 and 2), two new lignans, were isolated from a toasted Quercus petraea heartwood extract along with a known compound, 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenol 1-O-β-d-(6'-O-galloyl)glucopyranoside (3). The purification protocol was based on a taste-guided approach that sought to reveal new bitter compounds released from oak wood into wines and spirits. HRMS and NMR data were used to establish that compounds 1 and 2 are lignan derivatives bearing a glucosyl unit and a galloyl unit at the same positions...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
Dongpei Li, Seigo Usuki, Brandy Quarles, Michael H Rivner, Toshio Ariga, Robert K Yu
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. Although the etiology of ALS is obscure, genetic studies of familiar ALS suggest a multifactorial etiology for this condition. Similarly, there probably are multiple causes for sporadic ALS. Autoimmune-mediated motor neuron dysfunction is one proposed etiology for sporadic ALS. In the present study, anti-glycolipid antibodies including GM1, GD1b, GD3, and sulfoglucuronosyl paragloboside (SGPG) were investigated in the sera of a large number of patient samples, including 113 ALS patients and 50 healthy controls, by means of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with affinity parametric complex criterion evaluation and thin-layer chromatography immunooverlay (immuno-TLC)...
October 2016: ASN Neuro
Brandi T Wren, Melissa J Remis, Joseph W Camp, Thomas R Gillespie
There are many known benefits of social grooming among primates, including maintenance of social relationships, removal of ectoparasites, and improved physiological condition. Recently, however, researchers have noted that social grooming and social contact may also present a significant cost by facilitating transmission of some parasites and pathogens. We investigated whether the number of social grooming partners varied based on infection status for gastrointestinal parasites. We used focal animal sampling and continuous recording to collect data on the number of grooming partners for known individual vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops)...
September 29, 2016: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
José Francisco Sales Chagas, Maria Beatriz Nogueira Pascoal, José Luís Braga Aquino, Luís Antônio Brandi, Evandro Von Zuben Previtale, Ana Sofia Pontes Trillo, Otávio Alberto Curioni, Abrão Rapoport, Rogério Aparecido Dedivitis
OBJECTIVE: to assess the efficacy of the single transverse extended cervical incision in radical neck dissection. METHOD: we conducted a prospective study, from January 2008 to January 2009, with 18 patients undergoing surgical treatment of malignant tumors of the upper aero-digestive tract. The primary lesion was located in the oral cavity in eight cases, in the oropharynx in three, in the hypopharynx in three, in the larynx in two, in the maxillary sinus, and in one case, the primary injury was hidden...
July 2016: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
Anne M Lynch, Brandie D Wagner, Naresh Mandava, Alan G Palestine, Peter M Mourani, Emily A McCourt, Scott C N Oliver, Steven H Abman
Purpose: Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a vision-threatening disease associated with abnormal retinal vascular development. Proteins from the insulin-like growth factor pathway are related to ROP. However, there is a paucity of research on the role of other proteins in ROP. The aim of this study was to identify plasma proteins related to clinically significant ROP. Methods: We measured 1121 plasma proteins in the early neonatal period in infants at risk for ROP using an aptamer-based proteomic technology...
September 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Letizia Vannucci, Maria Luisa Brandi
Fracture healing is a complex physiological process. As impaired fracture healing is more frequent in osteoporotic subjects, anti-osteoporotic drugs could have some impact on this process. Areas covered: We reviewed the current literature to evaluate the effects of these drugs on fracture healing and their potential role in supporting this process, especially when impaired. A PubMed/Medline search was undertaken combining the terms 'fracture healing', 'anti-resorptive drugs', 'anabolic agents', 'anti-osteoporotic drugs'...
October 11, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
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