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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324773/haptoglobin-is-frequently-low-in-patients-with-myelofibrosis-clinical-relevance
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Paolo Strati, Lucia Masarova, Prithviraj Bose, Naval Daver, Naveen Pemmaraju, Srdan Verstovsek
A recent study, showing the absence of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria clones in myelofibrosis, has reopened the debate around the role of decreased haptoglobin in this disease. We present here a large prospective analysis of the clinical significance of low haptoglobin in 152 patients with myelofibrosis. Low haptoglobin (<32mg/dL) was observed in 50 patients (33%). Decreased haptoglobin did not associate with low hemoglobin levels, positive Coombs test or abnormal liver function tests, suggesting it is not result of autoimmune hemolytic anemia or liver cirrhosis...
March 8, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324597/the-burden-of-chronic-heart-failure-in-primary-care-in-italy
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Carlo Piccinni, Ippazio Cosimo Antonazzo, Monica Simonetti, Marco Giovanni Mennuni, Damiano Parretti, Claudio Cricelli, Delia Colombo, Mihaela Nica, Iacopo Cricelli, Francesco Lapi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major public health concern. From a public health perspective, the epidemiology of CHF needs to be distinguished from that of its related acute form. Data stemming from primary care are crucial to better know and update the prevalence and incidence rates of CHF. AIM: To update the epidemiology of CHF in an Italian primary care setting and to describe socio-demographic, lifestyle, and clinical characteristics of these patients...
March 21, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324285/preoperative-thrombocytosis-predicts-shortened-survival-in-patients-with-malignant-peritoneal-mesothelioma-undergoing-operative-cytoreduction-and-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy
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Yue C Li, Tamara Khashab, Julia Terhune, Richard L Eckert, Nader Hanna, Allen Burke, H Richard Alexander
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine the clinical significance of preoperative thrombocytosis in patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) undergoing operative cytoreduction (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). CRS and HIPEC have been associated with prolonged survival in patients with MPM and is the preferred treatment in select patients. However, patient selection criteria remain ill-defined for this operation that is also associated with significant morbidity and mortality...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324149/-outpatient-care-and-disease-burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-of-a%C3%A2-linkage-of-claims-data-and-a%C3%A2-survey-of-insured-persons
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K Albrecht, A Luque Ramos, J Callhoff, F Hoffmann, K Minden, A Zink
BACKGROUND: Healthcare of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Germany has mainly been evaluated in the past in RA cohorts from specialized arthritis centers. This study investigated rheumatological care on a population basis, using claims data from a nationwide statutory health insurance fund (BARMER GEK) in combination with patient-reported outcomes from a questionnaire survey of insured persons with RA. METHODS: Data from insurants aged 18-79 years with M05 (seropositive RA) or M06 (other RA, ICD-10) diagnoses were analyzed concerning diagnostics, medication and prescribing physician...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324110/effects-of-metreleptin-in-pediatric-patients-with-lipodystrophy
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Rebecca J Brown, Cristina Adelia Meehan, Elaine Cochran, Kristina I Rother, David E Kleiner, Mary Walter, Phillip Gorden
Context: Lipodystrophy syndromes are rare disorders of deficient adipose tissue. Metreleptin, a human analog of leptin, improved metabolic abnormalities in mixed cohorts of leptin-deficient children and adults with lipodystrophy. Objective: Determine effects of metreleptin on diabetes, hyperlipidemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), growth, and puberty in leptin-deficient pediatric patients with lipodystrophy. Design: Prospective, single-arm, open-label studies with continuous enrollment since 2000...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324052/skeletal-complications-and-mortality-in-thyroid-cancer-a-population-based-study
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Palak Choksi, Maria Papaleontiou, Cui Guo, Francis Worden, Mousumi Banerjee, Megan Haymart
Context: Although bone is a common site for tumor metastases, the burden of bone events (bone metastases and skeletal-related events (SREs)) in patients with thyroid cancer is not well known. Objective: To measure the prevalence of bone events and their impact on mortality in patients with thyroid cancer. Patients, Design, and Setting: We identified patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 1991-2011 from the linked Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare (SEER-Medicare) dataset...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323886/contribution-of-urinary-tract-infection-to-the-burden-of-febrile-illnesses-in-young-children-in-rural-kenya
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Wechuli Geoffrey Masika, Wendy Prudhomme O'Meara, Thomas L Holland, Janice Armstrong
INTRODUCTION: The clinical features of UTI in young children may not localize to the urinary tract and closely resemble other febrile illnesses. In malaria endemic areas, a child presenting with fever is often treated presumptively for malaria without investigation for UTI. Delayed or inadequate treatment of UTI increases the risk of bacteremia and renal scarring in young children and subsequently complications as hypertension and end stage renal disease in adulthood. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in a hospital in western Kenya...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323855/etiology-of-acute-diarrhea-in-the-elderly-in-china-a-six-year-observational-study
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Zike Zhang, Shengjie Lai, Jianxing Yu, Qibin Geng, Wanqi Yang, Yu Chen, Jianguo Wu, Huaiqi Jing, Weizhong Yang, Zhongjie Li
Acute diarrhea leads to a substantial disease burden among the elderly worldwide. However, in the context of increasingly aging trend in China, the prevalence of etiological agents among elderly diarrheal patients was undetermined. This study aimed to explore the major enteropathogens of acute diarrhea among outpatients older than 65 years in China, and also the epidemiological features of the pathogens. Demographic and clinical data for acute diarrhea among outpatients older than 65 years were collected from 213 participating hospitals from 2009 to 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323825/association-between-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-the-brain-and-alzheimer-disease-neuropathology-and-cognitive-performance-a-nontargeted-metabolomic-study
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Stuart G Snowden, Amera A Ebshiana, Abdul Hye, Yang An, Olga Pletnikova, Richard O'Brien, John Troncoso, Cristina Legido-Quigley, Madhav Thambisetty
BACKGROUND: The metabolic basis of Alzheimer disease (AD) pathology and expression of AD symptoms is poorly understood. Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids have previously been linked to both protective and pathogenic effects in AD. However, to date little is known about how the abundance of these species is affected by differing levels of disease pathology in the brain. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed metabolic profiling on brain tissue samples from 43 individuals ranging in age from 57 to 95 y old who were stratified into three groups: AD (N = 14), controls (N = 14) and "asymptomatic Alzheimer's disease" (ASYMAD), i...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320174/etiological-agents-of-viral-meningitis-in-children-from-a-dengue-endemic-area-southeast-region-of-brazil
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Danilo B de Oliveira, Talitah M Candiani, Ana Paula M Franco-Luiz, Gabriel M F Almeida, Jônatas S Abrahão, Maria Rios, Roney S Coimbra, Erna G Kroon
Meningitis is a disease with a global distribution that constitutes a worldwide burden, with viruses as the primary etiologic agents. The range of viral meningitis severity depends mainly on age, immune status and etiological agent. The aim of this work was to investigate the suspected cases of viral meningitis using molecular techniques to confirm the viral infection. The diagnosed virus was correlated with clinical findings and cytochemical parameters in cerebrospinal liquid (CSF) of patients. CSF of 70 children with the presumptive diagnosis of viral meningitis was analyzed by real time PCR (qPCR)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320078/comparison-of-the-sensitivity-to-change-of-the-36-item-short-form-health-survey-and-the-lupusqol-using-various-definitions-of-minimal-clinically-important-differences-in-patients-with-active-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Stephanie G Nantes, Vibeke Strand, Jiandong Su, Zahi Touma
OBJECTIVES: Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36 (SF-36) and LupusQoL are Health-Related Quality-of-Life (HRQoL) questionnaires used in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We determined the hypothesis testing construct validity of SF-36 and LupusQoL against disease activity in patients with active SLE and 2) compared the sensitivity to change of SF-36 and LupusQoL domains according to different definitions of Minimal Clinically Important Differences (MCID) for improvement and worsening in the current cohort...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319837/kalirin-reduction-rescues-psychosis-associated-behavioral-deficits-in-appswe-psen1de9-transgenic-mice
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Josh M Krivinko, Susan L Erickson, Eric E Abrahamson, Zachary P Wills, Milos D Ikonomovic, Peter Penzes, Robert A Sweet
Psychosis in Alzheimer's disease (AD+P) represents a distinct clinical and neurobiological AD phenotype and is associated with more rapid cognitive decline, higher rates of abnormal behaviors, and increased caregiver burden compared with AD without psychosis. On a molecular level, AD+P is associated with greater reductions in the protein kalirin, a guanine exchange factor which has also been linked to the psychotic disease, schizophrenia. In this study, we sought to determine the molecular and behavioral consequences of kalirin reduction in APPswe/PSEN1dE9 mice...
February 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319732/an-antigen-to-remember-regulation-of-b-cell-memory-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Aleta Pupovac, Kim L Good-Jacobson
Vaccine success relies on the formation of immunity. Humoral immunity is critical and is mediated by long-lived antibody-secreting cells and memory B cells (MBCs). Chronic infectious diseases cause a significant global burden of disease; pathogens that evade the immune system can cause phenotypical and functional changes to immune memory populations. Thus, recent studies have focused on MBC subset function. IgM(+) MBCs have emerged as important early responders in malaria. Atypical MBCs have functional qualities associated with exhaustion in chronic infectious diseases, but the requirements for their formation and where they localize remains unknown...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319106/a-systematic-review-on-the-impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-the-ocular-surface
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REVIEW
K Co Shih, K S-L Lam, L Tong
Diabetes mellitus is associated with extensive morbidity and mortality in any human community. It is well understood that the burden of diabetes is attributed to chronic progressive damage in major end-organs, but it is underappreciated that the most superficial and transparent organ affected by diabetes is the cornea. Different corneal components (epithelium, nerves, immune cells and endothelium) underpin specific systemic complications of diabetes. Just as diabetic retinopathy is a marker of more generalized microvascular disease, corneal nerve changes can predict peripheral and autonomic neuropathy, providing a window of opportunity for early treatment...
March 20, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318862/have-periprosthetic-hip-infection-rates-plateaued
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Dean C Perfetti, Matthew R Boylan, Qais Naziri, Carl B Paulino, Steven M Kurtz, Michael A Mont
BACKGROUND: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a serious complication of total hip arthroplasty (THA). Although the number of revision cases is increasing, the prevalence of PJI as an indication for revision surgery, and the variability of this indication among surgeons and hospitals, is unclear. METHODS: The New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System was used to identify 33,582 patients undergoing revision THA between 2000 and 2013. PJI was identified using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision diagnosis codes...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318858/the-global-burden-of-disease-an-information-resource-for-policy-making-and-evaluation-of-health-interventions
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Evangelista Rocha
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March 16, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318855/disability-adjusted-life-years-lost-due-to-ischemic-heart-disease-in-mainland-portugal-2013
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Ana Henriques, Carla Araújo, Marta Viana, Olga Laszczynska, Marta Pereira, Kathleen Bennett, Nuno Lunet, Ana Azevedo
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Estimates of the burden of ischemic heart disease (IHD), including geographic differences, should support health policy decisions. We set out to estimate the burden of IHD in mainland Portugal in 2013 by calculating disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and to compare this burden between five regions. METHODS: Years of life lost (YLLs) were calculated by multiplying the number of IHD deaths in 2013 (Statistics Portugal) by the life expectancy at the age at which death occurred...
March 16, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318768/clinical-development-strategy-for-a-candidate-group-a-streptococcal-vaccine
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REVIEW
Florian Schödel, Nicole J Moreland, Janet T Wittes, Kim Mulholland, Ian Frazer, Andrew C Steer, John D Fraser, Jonathan Carapetis
GroupA streptococci (GAS) cause a wide spectrum of diseases ranging from benign pharyngitis and skin infections to severe invasive disease and the immune sequelae rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Pharyngitis, one of the most frequent diseases caused by GAS, is highly prevalent in school-age children in temperate climates and a major cause of antibiotic use. An efficacious vaccine would reduce disease burden associated with pharyngitis and the need of care for sick children. Importantly, GAS pharyngitis is recognised as the main precursor for acute rheumatic fever so a vaccine that is efficacious against GAS pharyngitis should also prevent acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease...
March 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318643/cxcl10-alters-the-tumour-immune-microenvironment-and-disease-progression-in-a-syngeneic-murine-model-of-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
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Katrina K Au, Nichole Peterson, Peter Truesdell, Gillian Reid-Schachter, Kasra Khalaj, Runhan Ren, Julie-Ann Francis, Charles H Graham, Andrew W Craig, Madhuri Koti
OBJECTIVE: We recently established that high STAT1 expression and associated T helper type I tumour immune microenvironment (TME) are prognostic and chemotherapy response predictive biomarkers in high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSC). STAT1 induced chemokine CXCL10 is key to the recruitment of lymphocytes in the TME and is significantly highly expressed in the tumours from patients with longer survival. In the current study we therefore aimed to elucidate the role CXCL10 in disease progression and tumour immune transcriptomic alterations using the ID8 syngeneic murine model of HGSC...
March 16, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318489/deletion-of-the-mad2l1-spindle-assembly-checkpoint-gene-is-tolerated-in-mouse-models-of-acute-t-cell-lymphoma-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Floris Foijer, Lee A Albacker, Bjorn Bakker, Diana C Spierings, Ying Yue, Stephanie Z Xie, Stephanie H Davis, Annegret Lutum-Jehle, Darin Takemoto, Brian Hare, Brinley Furey, Roderick T Bronson, Peter M Lansdorp, Allan Bradley, Peter K Sorger
Chromosome instability (CIN) is deleterious to normal cells because of the burden of aneuploidy. However, most human solid tumors have an abnormal karyotype implying that gain and loss of chromosomes by cancer cells confers a selective advantage. CIN can be induced in the mouse by inactivating the spindle assembly checkpoint. This is lethal in the germline but we show here that adult T cells and hepatocytes can survive conditional inactivation of the Mad2l1 SAC gene and resulting CIN. This causes rapid onset of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and progressive development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), both lethal diseases...
March 20, 2017: ELife
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