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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645769/access-to-preventive-services-for-working-age-adults-with-physical-limitations
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Gilbert Gimm, Elizabeth Wood, Preeti Zanwar
OBJECTIVE: To examine differences in access to preventive services for working-age adults with physical limitations, non-physical limitations, and no limitations. DESIGN: Observational data were pooled across calendar years 2003-2012 from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a nationally representative survey of non-institutionalized U.S. adults. SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: Working-age adults (18-64 years of age) who responded to all five rounds in MEPS during 2003 through 2012...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644900/suppression-of-chikungunya-virus-replication-and-differential-innate-responses-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-during-co-infection-with-dengue-virus
#2
Mariana Ruiz Silva, José A Aguilar Briseño, Vinit Upasani, Heidi van der Ende-Metselaar, Jolanda M Smit, Izabela A Rodenhuis-Zybert
Dengue and chikungunya are viral diseases transmitted to humans by infected Aedes spp. mosquitoes. With an estimated 390 million infected people per year dengue virus (DENV) currently causes the most prevalent arboviral disease. During the last decade chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has caused large outbreaks and has expanded its territory causing millions of cases in Asia, Africa and America. The viruses share a common mosquito vector and during the acute phase cause similar flu-like symptoms that can proceed to more severe or debilitating symptoms...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639596/guillain-barre-syndrome-demographics-clinical-profile-seasonal-variation-in-a-tertiary-care-centre-of-central-india
#3
Manisha Shrivastava, Shah Nehal, Navaid Seema
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is an autoimmune disease and a recognized cause of generalized progressive paralysis worldwide. The present study was aimed to document the clinical findings, demographics and seasonal variations amongst the patients with GBS during the hospital stay. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 66 referred cases diagnosed as GBS was conducted. Medical records and the data related to age, sex, antecedent illness, duration of symptoms before admission, muscle power graded by the Medical Research Council scale, functional scores, details of Intensive Care Unit complications and need for ventilation were obtained...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635518/complete-resolution-of-mycosis-fungoides-tumors-with-imiquimod-5-cream-a-case-series
#4
Daniel J Lewis, Yevgeniya A Byekova, Drew A Emge, Madeleine Duvic
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the clinical efficacy of topical 5% imiquimod for mycosis fungoides (MF) tumors. BACKGROUND: Treatment of tumor-stage MF represents a therapeutic challenge because of a limited number of effective topical therapies. Single tumors can be treated with localized radiation but may recur. Systemic therapies are also an option but are associated with serious adverse effects. Imiquimod is a topical agent whose efficacy has been documented in treating MF patches and plaques as well as one case of tumor-stage disease...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633891/aids-avian-flu-sars-mers-ebola-zika%C3%A2-what-next
#5
REVIEW
Leslie A Reperant, Albert D M E Osterhaus
Emerging infections have threatened humanity since times immemorial. The dramatic anthropogenic, behavioral and social changes that have affected humanity and the environment in the past century have accelerated the intrusion of novel pathogens into the global human population, sometimes with devastating consequences. The AIDS and influenza pandemics have claimed and will continue to claim millions of lives. The recent SARS and Ebola epidemics have threatened populations across borders. The emergence of MERS may well be warning signals of a nascent pandemic threat, while the potential for geographical spread of vector-borne diseases, such as Zika, but also Dengue and Chikungunya is unprecedented...
June 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632771/avian-influenza-in-latin-america-a-systematic-review-of-serological-and-molecular-studies-from-2000-2015
#6
Alejandra Afanador-Villamizar, Carlos Gomez-Romero, Andres Diaz, Julian Ruiz-Saenz
Avian influenza or bird flu is a highly contagious acute viral disease that can occur in epidemics and cross-border forms in poultry and wild birds. The characteristics of avian influenza viruses (AIVs) allow the emergence of new viral variants, some with zoonotic and pandemic potential. AIVs have been identified in Latin America; however, there is a lack of understanding of these viruses at the regional level. We performed a systematic literature review on serological or molecular evidence of AIVs circulation in Latin America...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630076/what-are-the-primary-limitations-in-b-cell-affinity-maturation-and-how-much-affinity-maturation-can-we-drive-with-vaccination-is-affinity-maturation-a-self-defeating-process-for-eliciting-broad-protection
#7
Christopher T Stamper, Patrick C Wilson
Vaccinations are one of the greatest success stories of modern medicine, saving millions of lives since their widespread adoption. However, several diseases continue to elude highly effective vaccination strategies. Chief among these are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and influenza (flu), both of which will require vaccines that can guide the creation of highly mutated, broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs). The generation of bnAbs is hindered by our inability to effectively drive the high levels of affinity maturation required to achieve them in a large number of cells...
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628831/analysis-of-immunostimulatory-activity-of-polysaccharide-extracted-from-yu-ping-feng-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#8
Wentao Fan, Pimiao Zheng, Yang Wang, Pan Hao, Jianzhu Liu, Xiaona Zhao
As a traditional Chinese multiherbal formula, Yu-Ping-Feng (YPF) is frequently used to treat cold, flu and inflammation-associated diseases. We aimed to evaluate the immunostimulatory effects of polysaccharide isolated from YPF (YPF-PS) in vitro and in vivo. In in vitro experiment, macrophage cell proliferation, phagocytosis rate, cytokine and costimulatory molecule release, T lymphocyte proliferation, cell cycle distribution, CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell percentages were determined. To investigate the in vivo effects of YPF-PS treatment, different doses YPF-PS were administered to chicken vaccinated against Newcastle disease...
June 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628633/pro-inflammatory-immune-responses-are-associated-with-clinical-signs-and-symptoms-of-human-anaplasmosis
#9
Anna M Schotthoefer, Steven J Schrodi, Jennifer K Meece, Thomas R Fritsche, Sanjay K Shukla
Human anaplasmosis (HA) is an emerging tick-borne disease that may present as a mild flu-like illness or a life threatening, sepsis-like condition. Although disease severity is hypothesized to relate to immunopathology and immune dysfunction in humans, studies to directly measure immune responses in infected humans have been very limited. We quantified cytokines in 80 confirmed HA patients using a multiplex chemiluminescence immunoassay system and compared similarly measured responses in 1000 control subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614924/-effects-of-smoking-on-concentration-of-urinary-8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine-in-coke-oven-workers
#10
H J Zhang, H T Zhang, W B Wang, Y F Fan, J Yang
Objective: To explore the influence of smoking and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on urinary 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in coke oven workers and investigate their dose-dependent relationships. Methods: A total of 436 workers exposed to coke oven emissions (COEs) and 132 controls were recruited in this study. Questionnaires were completed in a personal interview. Then their urine samples were also collected and the concentrations of urinary four OH-PAHs and 8-OHdG were determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) which was used to evaluate the levels of occupational PAHs internal exposure among workers and the DNA damage...
April 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612729/-influenza-and-secondary-bacterial-infections-threats-and-treatments
#11
Antoine Roquilly, François Trottein
Influenza virus infection ("flu") constitutes an important public health issue and is associated with a significant socio-economic burden. The discovery of new antivirals and a better understanding of antiviral immunity might offer new options for preventing or controlling flu infections. A better understanding of the underlying pathomechanism might also prompt the discovery of key molecules whose activity could be modulated in a clinical setting. Lastly, the development of new immunomodulators and immunostimulants might compensate for impaired host defense mechanisms and improve resistance to secondary bacterial infections, since the latter significantly worsen the clinical status of influenza-infected patients...
May 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611563/disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-presenting-as-carcinomatosis-peritonei-and-intestinal-coccidioidomycosis-in-a-patient-with-hiv
#12
Umer Malik, Hira Cheema, Ramcharitha Kandikatla, Yasir Ahmed, Kalyan Chakrala
Coccidioidomycosis (CM) is a fungal infection endemic in southwestern regions of the United States, northwestern regions of Mexico, and some areas of Brazil and Argentina. Clinical presentation varies depending on the extent of the infection and the immune status of the host. The most common presentation ranges from flu-like symptoms to self-limiting pneumonia. Extrapulmonary presentations are uncommon and may involve the meninges, skin, and bone. Gastrointestinal and peritoneal involvement is extremely rare...
January 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610552/a-fragile-assemblage-mutant-bird-flu-and-the-limits-of-risk-assessment
#13
Andrew Lakoff
This paper examines the recent public controversy sparked by the laboratory creation of a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza transmissible among mammals. The contours of the controversy can be understood by tracking the assemblage of actors, institutions and devices gathered together in response to the governmental problem of how to manage emerging diseases. The grouping is tenuously held together by a shared commitment to the project of 'pandemic preparedness'. However, as the controversy unfolds, it becomes clear that the main actors involved do not share a common understanding of the problem to be addressed by pandemic preparedness, and the assemblage threatens to decompose...
June 2017: Social Studies of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609679/segregating-polymorphisms-of-foxp2-are-associated-with-measures-of-inner-speech-speech-fluency-and-strength-of-handedness-in-a-healthy-population
#14
Bernard Crespi, Silven Read, Peter Hurd
We genotyped a healthy population for three haplotype-tagging FOXP2 SNPs, and tested for associations of these SNPs with strength of handedness and questionnaire-based metrics of inner speech characteristics (ISP) and speech fluency (FLU), as derived from the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire-BR. Levels of mixed-handedness were positively correlated with ISP and FLU, supporting prior work on these two domains. Genotype for rs7799109, a SNP previously linked with lateralization of left frontal regions underlying language, was associated with degree of mixed handedness and with scores for ISP and FLU phenotypes...
June 10, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606815/predictors-of-self-and-parental-vaccination-decisions-in-england-during-the-2009-h1n1-pandemic-analysis-of-the-flu-watch-pandemic-cohort-data
#15
Dale Weston, Ruth Blackburn, Henry W W Potts, Andrew C Hayward
During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, UK uptake of the pandemic influenza vaccine was very low. Furthermore, attitudes governing UK vaccination uptake during a pandemic are poorly characterised. To the best of our knowledge, there is no published research explicitly considering predictors of both adult self-vaccination and decisions regarding whether or not to vaccinate one's children among the UK population during the H1N1 pandemic. We therefore aimed to identify predictors of both self-vaccination decisions and parental vaccination decisions using data collected during the H1N1 pandemic as part of the Flu Watch cohort study...
June 7, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604312/will-it-come-here-using-digital-humanities-tools-to-explore-medical-understanding-during-the-russian-flu-epidemic-1889-90
#16
E Thomas Ewing
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602436/car-t-cells-administered-in-combination-with-lymphodepletion-and-pd-1-inhibition-to-patients-with-neuroblastoma
#17
Andras Heczey, Chrystal U Louis, Barbara Savoldo, Olga Dakhova, April Durett, Bambi Grilley, Hao Liu, Mengfeng F Wu, Zhuyong Mei, Adrian Gee, Birju Mehta, Huimin Zhang, Nadia Mahmood, Haruko Tashiro, Helen E Heslop, Gianpietro Dotti, Cliona M Rooney, Malcolm K Brenner
Targeting disialoganglioside (GD2) on neuroblastoma (NB) with T cells expressing a first-generation chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) was safe, but the cells had poor expansion and long-term persistence. We developed a third-generation GD2-CAR (GD2-CAR3) and hypothesized that GD2-CAR3 T cells (CARTs) would be safe and effective. This phase 1 study enrolled relapsed or refractory NB patients in three cohorts. Cohort 1 received CART alone, cohort 2 received CARTs plus cyclophosphamide and fludarabine (Cy/Flu), and cohort 3 was treated with CARTs, Cy/Flu, and a programmed death-1 (PD-1) inhibitor...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600949/effect-of-genomic-drift-of-influenza-pcr-tests
#18
Kathleen A Stellrecht, Seela M Nattanmai, Jumshan Butt, Vincente P Maceira, Alvin A Espino, Allan J Castro, Allen Landes, Nicolas Dresser, Shafiq A Butt
BACKGROUND: Nucleic acid amplification assays have become the method of choice for influenza (Flu) testing due to superior accuracy and faster turnaround time. Although assays are designed to detect highly conserved genomic targets, mutations can influence test sensitivity. Most of the circulating viruses in the United States during the 2014-2015 season were associated with significant genetic drift; however, the effect on testing was unknown. OBJECTIVES AND STUDY DESIGN: We compared the performance of Prodesse ProFlu+/ProFAST+ (PFlu/PFAST), FilmArray Respiratory Panel (RP), cobas(®) Influenza A/B test (cIAB), and Xpert(®) Flu (Xpt) in a retrospective analysis of consecutive nasopharyngeal specimens received for a two-week period during the winter of 2015...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597358/working-towards-an-appropriate-use-of-ibuprofen-in-children-an-evidence-based-appraisal
#19
REVIEW
Maurizio de Martino, Alberto Chiarugi, Attilio Boner, Giovanni Montini, Gianluigi L De' Angelis
Ibuprofen is the most widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for the treatment of inflammation, mild-to-moderate pain and fever in children, and is the only NSAID approved for use in children aged ≥3 months. Its efficacy and safety profile have led to its increasing use in paediatric care, even without medical prescription. However, an increase of suspected adverse reactions to ibuprofen has been noted in concomitance with the raised, often medically unsupervised, consumption of the drug...
June 9, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595102/a-comparative-study-of-progressive-wear-of-four-dental-monolithic-veneered-glass-ceramics
#20
Zhenzhen Zhang, Yuanping Yi, Xuesong Wang, Jiawen Guo, Ding Li, Lin He, Shaofeng Zhang
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the wear performance and wear mechanisms of four dental glass-ceramics, based on the microstructure and mechanical properties in the progressive wear process. METHODS: Bar (N = 40, n = 10) and disk (N = 32, n = 8) specimens were prepared from (A) lithium disilicate glass-ceramic (LD), (B) leucite reinforced glass-ceramic (LEU), (C) feldspathic glass-ceramic (FEL), and (D) fluorapatite glass-ceramic (FLU). The bar specimens were tested for three-point flexural strength, hardness, fracture toughness and elastic modulus...
May 30, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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