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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441681/complications-and-mortality-following-one-to-two-level-anterior-cervical-fusion-for-cervical-spondylosis-in-patients-above-80-years-of-age
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Varun Puvanesarajah, Amit Jain, Adam L Shimer, Anuj Singla, Francis Shen, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective database review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the complication and mortality rates in patients 80 years of age and older who were treated with anterior cervical fusion surgery and to compare these rates against those of other elderly patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cervical spondylosis is frequently observed in the elderly and is the most common cause of myelopathy in older adults. With increasing life expectancies, a greater proportion of patients are being treated with spine surgery at a later age...
May 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440853/antibiotic-strategies-for-eradicating-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-people-with-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Simon C Langton Hewer, Alan R Smyth
BACKGROUND: Respiratory tract infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs in most people with cystic fibrosis. Once chronic infection is established, Pseudomonas aeruginosa is virtually impossible to eradicate and is associated with increased mortality and morbidity. Early infection may be easier to eradicate.This is an update of a Cochrane review first published in 2003, and previously updated in 2006, 2009 and 2014. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether antibiotic treatment of early Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in children and adults with cystic fibrosis eradicates the organism, delays the onset of chronic infection, and results in clinical improvement...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440681/discovery-and-preclinical-development-of-dasabuvir-for-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-infection
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Mohamed El Kassas, Tamer Elbaz, Enas Hafez, Mohamed Naguib Wifi, Gamal Esmat
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. Positively, the introduction of new directly-acting antivirals (DAAs) have led to dramatic improvements in response rates to antiviral therapy. Furthermore, newer generations of DAAs have demonstrated better safety profiles as well as efficacy than older generations. Current treatment recommendations are based on different combinations of DAAs. Current combination therapies rely on agents that target the different steps of viral replication by using different molecules from various DAAs families...
April 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440009/sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-inhibitors-for-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-an-overview-for-the-primary-care-physician
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REVIEW
Paresh Dandona, Ajay Chaudhuri
AIMS: Sodium-glucose co-transporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are a new class of anti-hyperglycaemic agents in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This review examines their mechanism of action and provides an overview of safety and efficacy from the main studies of SGLT2 inhibitors marketed in the United States and Europe, namely, canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin. METHODS: We searched the PubMed database to identify relevant publications on the mechanism of action of SGLT2 inhibitors and clinical trial reports...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439408/risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-organ-space-surgical-site-infections-after-elective-colon-and-rectal-surgery
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Aina Gomila, Jordi Carratalà, Daniel Camprubí, Evelyn Shaw, Josep Mª Badia, Antoni Cruz, Francesc Aguilar, Carmen Nicolás, Anna Marrón, Laura Mora, Rafel Perez, Lydia Martin, Rosa Vázquez, Ana Felisa Lopez, Enric Limón, Francesc Gudiol, Miquel Pujol
BACKGROUND: Organ-space surgical site infections (SSI) are the most serious and costly infections after colorectal surgery. Most previous studies of risk factors for SSI have analysed colon and rectal procedures together. The aim of the study was to determine whether colon and rectal procedures have different risk factors and outcomes for organ-space SSI. METHODS: A multicentre observational prospective cohort study of adults undergoing elective colon and rectal procedures at 10 Spanish hospitals from 2011 to 2014...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439196/clinical-differences-of-influenza-subspecies-among-hospitalized-children
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Manolya Acar, Murat Sütçü, Hacer Aktürk, Selda Hançerli Törün, Metin Uysalol, Sevim Meşe, Nuran Salman, Ayper Somer
AIM: Clinical findings, mortality, and morbidity rates differ among influenza subspecies. Awareness of these differences will lead physicians to choose the proper diagnostic and therapeutic strategies and to foresee possible complications. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical differences of influenza subspecies among hospitalized children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Hospitalized children with proven influenza infection by polymerase chain reaction on nasopharyngeal swab specimens in our clinic, between December 2013 and March 2016, were enrolled...
March 2017: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439070/clinical-and-microbiological-characteristics-and-impact-of-therapeutic-strategies-on-the-outcomes-of-children-with-candidemia
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Ming-Horng Tsai, Jen-Fu Hsu, Shih-Ming Chu, Pey-Jium Chang, Mei-Yin Lai, I-Hsyuan Wu, Hsuan-Rong Huang, Ming-Chou Chiang, Ren-Huei Fu, Jang-Jih Lu
We aimed to determine the clinical and microbiological characteristics of Candida bloodstream infections in children and the impact of therapeutic strategies on outcomes. All pediatric patients with candidemia from a medical center in Taiwan over a 13-year period (2003-2015) were included and a total of 262 patients with 319 episodes of candidemia were analyzed. Overall susceptibility to fluconazole was 86.1%. Cumulative mortality at 7 and 30 days after the first episode of candidemia was 13.4% and 25.2%, respectively...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438889/fda-approval-summary-nivolumab-for-the-treatment-of-relapsed-or-progressive-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Yvette L Kasamon, R Angelo de Claro, Yaping Wang, Yuan Li Shen, Ann T Farrell, Richard Pazdur
On May 17, 2016, after an expedited priority review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to nivolumab for the treatment of patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) that has relapsed or progressed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and post-transplantation brentuximab vedotin (BV). Nivolumab in cHL had been granted breakthrough therapy designation. Accelerated approval was based on two single-arm, multicenter trials in adults with cHL. In 95 patients with relapsed or progressive cHL after autologous HSCT and post-transplantation BV, nivolumab, dosed at 3 mg/kg intravenously every 2 weeks, produced a 65% (95% confidence interval: 55%-75%) objective response rate (58% partial remission, 7% complete remission)...
April 24, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438225/meta-analysis-of-the-parasitic-phase-traits-of-haemonchus-contortus-infection-in-sheep
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Mathilde Saccareau, Guillaume Sallé, Christèle Robert-Granié, Tom Duchemin, Philippe Jacquiet, Alexandra Blanchard, Jacques Cabaret, Carole R Moreno
BACKGROUND: The parasitic nematode Haemonchus contortus shows highly variable life history traits. This highlights the need to have an average estimate and a quantification of the variation around it to calibrate epidemiological models. METHODS: This paper aimed to quantify the main life history traits of H. contortus and to identify explanatory factors affecting these traits using a powerful method based on a systematic review and meta-analysis of current literature...
April 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437325/presenting-features-and-prognosis-of-ischemic-and-nonischemic-neonatal-liver-failure
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Carlos Zozaya Nieto, Beatriz Fernández Caamaño, Gema Muñoz Bartolo, Juan J Menéndez Suso, Esteban Frauca Remacha, Eva Valverde Núñez
OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiological features, clinical characteristics and outcomes of neonates diagnosed with liver failure, as well as determine prognostic factors. METHODS: Cohort study conducted at a single tertiary referral and university-affiliated pediatric center. Hospital records of all neonates diagnosed with liver failure between January 2003 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed, and data on clinical and laboratory findings, treatment, and outcomes were collected...
May 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436579/infection-related-mortality-in-hispanic-and-non-hispanic-children-with-cancer
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Rochelle R Smits-Seemann, Jacob Pettit, Hongyan Li, Anne C Kirchhoff, Mark N Fluchel
BACKGROUND: Hispanic children with cancer experience poorer survival than their White counterparts. Infection is a known cause of cancer-related mortality; however, little is known about the risk of infection-related death among Hispanic children with cancer. We examine the association of Hispanic ethnicity with infection-related mortality and life-threatening events among children with cancer. PROCEDURE: For a cohort of all pediatric cancer patients diagnosed from 1986 to 2012 and treated at a single tertiary care center, we obtained national death records to determine all-cause mortality and infection-related mortality, as well as intensive care unit (ICU) admissions as a surrogate for life-threatening events...
April 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436340/racial-inequality-in-the-annual-risk-of-tuberculosis-infection-in-the-united-states-1910-1933
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J L Zelner, C Muller, J J Feigenbaum
Tuberculosis (TB) mortality rates in the USA fell rapidly from 1910 to 1933. However, during this period, racial disparities in TB mortality in the nation's expanding cities grew. Because of long delays between infection and disease, TB mortality is a poor indicator of short-term changes in transmission. We estimated the annual risk of TB infection (ARTI) in 11 large US cities to understand whether rising inequality in mortality reflected rising inequality in ARTI using city-level TB mortality data compiled by the US Department of Commerce from 1910 to 1933...
April 24, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435890/gene-expression-profile-of-human-cytokines-in-response-to-burkholderia-pseudomallei-infection
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Shivankari Krishnananthasivam, Harindra Darshana Sathkumara, Enoka Corea, Mohan Natesan, Aruna Dharshan De Silva
Melioidosis is an underreported infectious disease, caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei. Understanding the disease susceptibility and pathogenesis is crucial for developing newer diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for this life-threatening infection. In this study, we aimed to analyze the gene expression levels of important cytokines in melioidosis patients and establish useful correlates with disease biomarkers compared to cases of sepsis infection caused by other pathogens and healthy individuals...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435886/discovery-of-a-novel-antifungal-agent-in-the-pathogen-box
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François L Mayer, James W Kronstad
Human fungal pathogens cause over 2 million infections per year and are major drivers of morbidity and mortality. Cryptococcus neoformans and Candida albicans are two of the most common fungal pathogens of humans, together accounting for a staggering 1.4 million infections annually, with very high mortality rates. Patients with dysfunctional immune systems, such as individuals with HIV/AIDS, are particularly susceptible to fungal infections. Unfortunately, relatively few antifungal drugs are currently available and fungi frequently develop resistance, further complicating treatment approaches...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435791/emphysematous-pyelonephritis-with-renal-artery-pseudoaneurysm
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Kevin Koo, Elias S Hyams
Emphysematous pyelonephritis is an acute infection of the renal parenchyma and perinephric tissues caused by gas-forming microorganisms, resulting in the radiographic presence of gas in the kidney, collecting system, and surrounding spaces. Here we present a case of severe emphysematous pyelonephritis in the setting of Klebsiella urosepsis. Surgical exploration of the flank revealed infectious disintegration of the renal parenchyma into a large phlegmon. The post-operative course was complicated by renal artery pseudoaneurysm and cutaneous fistualization of a perinephric fluid collection...
July 2017: Urology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435679/targeting-the-pro-inflammatory-factor-ccl2-mcp-1-with-bindarit-for-influenza-a-h7n9-treatment
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Stefan Wolf, Scott Johnson, Olivia Perwitasari, Suresh Mahalingam, Ralph A Tripp
Influenza A viruses are important human and animal pathogens. Seasonal influenza viruses cause infections every year, and occasionally zoonotic viruses emerge to cause pandemics with significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates. Three cases of laboratory confirmed human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus were reported in 2013, and there have been several cases reported across South East Asia, and recently in North America. Most patients experience severe respiratory illness, with mortality rates approaching 40%...
March 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435571/outcome-of-skeletal-reconstructive-surgery-for-metastatic-bone-tumours-in-the-femur
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N H Mohamed-Haflah, Y Kassim, I Zuchri, W Zulmi
INTRODUCTION: The role of surgery in skeletal metastasis is to reduce morbidity and improve the quality of life in terminally ill patients. We report our experience with patients who underwent skeletal reconstructive surgery for metastatic bone tumour of the femur. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty nine operations for skeletal metastasis of the femur performed in our centre between 2009 and 2015 were included in this study. We evaluated the choice of implant, complications, survival rate and functional outcome...
March 2017: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435221/phenotypic-evaluation-and-in-silico-admet-properties-of-novel-arylimidamides-in-acute-mouse-models-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Cristiane França da Silva, Denise da Gama Jaén Batista, Julianna Siciliano de Araújo, Edézio Ferreira Cunha-Junior, Chad E Stephens, Moloy Banerjee, Abdelbasset A Farahat, Senol Akay, Mary K Fisher, David W Boykin, Maria de Nazaré Correia Soeiro
Arylimidamides (AIAs), previously termed as reversed amidines, present a broad spectrum of activity against intracellular microorganisms. In the present study, three novel AIAs were evaluated in a mouse model of Trypanosoma cruzi infection, which is the causative agent of Chagas disease. The bis-AIAs DB1957, DB1959 and DB1890 were chosen based on a previous screening of their scaffolds that revealed a very promising trypanocidal effect at nanomolar range against both the bloodstream trypomastigotes (BTs) and the intracellular forms of the parasite...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434629/does-appropriate-empiric-antibiotic-therapy-modify-intensive-care-unit-acquired-enterobacteriaceae-bacteraemia-mortality-and-discharge
#19
K B Pouwels, E Van Kleef, S Vansteelandt, R Batra, J D Edgeworth, T Smieszek, J V Robotham
BACKGROUND: Conflicting results have been found regarding outcomes of intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired Enterobacteriaceae bacteraemia and the potentially modifying effect of appropriate empiric antibiotic therapy. AIM: To evaluate these associations while adjusting for potential time-varying confounding using methods from the causal inference literature. METHODS: Patients who stayed more than two days in two general ICUs in England between 2002 and 2006 were included in this cohort study...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434261/strategies-to-prevent-infections-associated-with-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-devices
#20
Bharath Raj Palraj, Saira Farid, M Rizwan Sohail
Infections involving cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIED) are associated with high morbidity and mortality and substantial financial cost. In the past two decades, the rate of CIED infections has increased disproportionate to the number of devices implanted, likely due to aging patient population with multiple comorbidities. Microbial contamination of the generator pocket and or leads by skin flora at the time of implantation is a major mechanism for early CIED infections. Due to resistance to host immune cells and antibiotics caused by biofilm formation, complete removal of the device generator and leads is required to achieve cure...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
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