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Eglal E Elrayah, Siham A Balla, Haidar Abu Ahmed
Anthropometric measurements are used to assess growth of children which is affected by different biological and environmental factors. The importance of the period after the first 1000 days of life has been identified in the attempt to restore normal growth and body functions. The objectives of this study are to assess the growth and nutritional status of school children in Khartoum locality, Khartoum State, Sudan and to verify socioeconomic status and sex as factors influencing growth of children. This is a cross-sectional school-based study including 390 children, males and females, of ages between 5-12 years (60-44 months) from private and public schools...
March 15, 2018: Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
Mohamed S El Shahawy, Mahmoud H Hemida, Hafez A Abdel-Hafez, Tarek Z El-Baz, Abdel-Wahab M Lotfy, Tarek M Emran
The neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) has been emerging as a novel biomarker of acute kidney injury while its value in lupus nephritis is uncertain. The aim of this study was to assess urinary NGAL levels as a marker for disease activity in patients with lupus nephritis.This study included 70 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients; 50 with active lupus nephritis (LN) and 20 without as well as 20 matched controls. The neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) in both serum and urine samples was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
March 13, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Rolf Spirig, Ian K Campbell, Sandra Koernig, Chao-Guang Chen, Bonnie J B Lewis, Rebecca Butcher, Ineke Muir, Shirley Taylor, Jenny Chia, David Leong, Jason Simmonds, Pierre Scotney, Peter Schmidt, Louis Fabri, Andreas Hofmann, Monika Jordi, Martin O Spycher, Susann Cattepoel, Jennifer Brasseit, Con Panousis, Tony Rowe, Donald R Branch, Adriana Baz Morelli, Fabian Käsermann, Adrian W Zuercher
Activation of Fc receptors and complement by immune complexes is a common important pathogenic trigger in many autoimmune diseases and so blockade of these innate immune pathways may be an attractive target for treatment of immune complex-mediated pathomechanisms. High-dose IVIG is used to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and several studies demonstrate that the therapeutic effects of IVIG can be recapitulated with the Fc portion. Further, recent data indicate that recombinant multimerized Fc molecules exhibit potent anti-inflammatory properties...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Juan Sanchis, Albert Ariza-Solé, Emad Abu-Assi, Oriol Alegre, Fernando Alfonso, José Antonio Barrabés, José Antonio Baz, Antonio Carol, Pablo Díez Villanueva, Bruno García Del Blanco, Jaime Elízaga, Eduard Fernandez, Abel García Del Egido, Joan García Picard, Iván Gómez Blázquez, Joan Antoni Gómez Hospital, Rosana Hernández-Antolín, Cinta Llibre, Francisco Marín, David Martí Sánchez, Roberto Martín, Manuel Martínez Sellés, Gema Miñana, María José Morales Gallardo, Julio Núñez, Armando Pérez de Prado, Eduardo Pinar, Marcelo Sanmartín, Alessandro Sionis, Adolfo Villa, Jaume Marrugat, Héctor Bueno
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Although clinical guidelines recommend invasive management in non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), this strategy is underused in frail elderly patients in the real world. Furthermore, these patients are underrepresented in clinical trials and therefore the evidence is scarce. Our hypothesis is that an invasive strategy will improve prognosis in elderly frail patients with NSTEMI. METHODS: This will be a prospective, multicenter, randomized trial, in which the conservative and invasive strategies will be compared in patients meeting all of the following inclusion criteria: NSTEMI diagnosis, age ≥ 70 years, and frailty defined by a category ≥ 4 in the Clinical Frailty Scale...
March 7, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
Luisa M Díaz-Aranda, Daniel Martín-Vega, Aída Gómez-Gómez, Blanca Cifrián, Arturo Baz
The variation in decomposition and insect succession among the four seasons of one year was studied for the first time in a periurban area of central Spain. During the winter trial, the carcasses showed corification, a cadaveric preservation phenomenon which apparently leaded to a significant delay in decomposition processes. The composition of the insect fauna breeding on carcasses changed significantly between trials. Active decay was mainly driven by Calliphoridae (Diptera) larvae in every season except in winter trial, when larvae of Thanatophilus species (Coleoptera: Silphidae) were the main consumers of soft tissues...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Javier Fernández Cotrina, Virginia Iniesta, Isabel Monroy, Victoria Baz, Christophe Hugnet, Francisco Marañon, Mercedes Fabra, Luis Carlos Gómez-Nieto, Carlos Alonso
Canine leishmaniosis is a zoonotic disease caused by Leishmania infantum. Extensive research is currently ongoing to develop safe and effective vaccines to protect from disease development. The European Commission has granted a marketing authorization for LetiFend®, a new vaccine containing recombinant Protein Q. The efficacy of LetiFend® vaccination in a large-scale dog population of both sexes, different breeds and ages in endemic areas is reported in this multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled field trial...
March 7, 2018: Vaccine
Lars Kullmann, Michael P Krahn
Apical-basal polarity is an important characteristic of epithelia and Drosophila neural stem cells. The conserved Par complex, which consists of the atypical protein kinase C and the scaffold proteins Baz and Par6, is a key player in the establishment of apical-basal cell polarity. Membrane recruitment of Baz has been reported to be accomplished by several mechanisms, which might function in redundancy, to ensure the correct localization of the complex. However, none of the described interactions was sufficient to displace the protein from the apical junctions...
March 10, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Ruth Pye, Amanda Patchett, Elspeth McLennan, Russell Thomson, Scott Carver, Samantha Fox, David Pemberton, Alexandre Kreiss, Adriana Baz Morelli, Anabel Silva, Martin J Pearse, Lynn M Corcoran, Katherine Belov, Carolyn J Hogg, Gregory M Woods, A Bruce Lyons
Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) is renowned for its successful evasion of the host immune system. Down regulation of the major histocompatabilty complex class I molecule (MHC-I) on the DFTD cells is a primary mechanism of immune escape. Immunization trials on captive Tasmanian devils have previously demonstrated that an immune response against DFTD can be induced, and that immune-mediated tumor regression can occur. However, these trials were limited by their small sample sizes. Here, we describe the results of two DFTD immunization trials on cohorts of devils prior to their wild release as part of the Tasmanian Government's Wild Devil Recovery project...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
José Darío Martínez-Ezquerro, Mario Enrique Rendón-Macías, Gerardo Zamora-Mendoza, Jacobo Serrano-Meneses, Beatriz Rosales-Rodríguez, Deyanira Escalante-Bautista, Maricela Rodríguez-Cruz, Raúl Sánchez-González, Yessica Arellano-Pineda, Mardia López-Alarcón, María Cecilia Zampedri, Haydeé Rosas-Vargas
BACKGROUND: The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) rs6265 (G196A; Val66Met) single nucleotide polymorphism has been associated with BMI and obesity in distinct populations, both adult and pediatric, with contradictory results involving either Val or Met as the risk variant. AIM OF THE STUDY: To determine the association between the BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and BMI in Mexican children and adolescents. METHODS: BDNF Val66Met genotyping by restriction fragment length polymorphism and nutritional status characterized by their BMI-for-age z-scores (BAZ) from pediatric volunteers (n = 498) were analyzed by Fisher's exact test association analysis...
March 2, 2018: Archives of Medical Research
S Hadj Rabia, F Benmoussa, A Benzaid, A Baz
The present preliminary study intends to evaluate the in vitro use of hydatid antigen and their antibodies once labeled with iodine 125(I125 ) and characterized from viewpoint of radiochemical purity and immunoreactivity. Radiolabelled molecules gave satisfactory purity of 94% and 96%-98%, for hydatid antigen and IgG respectively. As regards, the specific activity of these latter, varied between 4.79 and 5.97 μCi/μg. The specificity test of radiolabelled IgG against the hydatid membranes showed a significant recognition that increased proportionally according to the contact surface...
February 27, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
Carmen Fontela, Jesús Castilla, Regina Juanbeltz, Iván Martínez-Baz, María Rivero, Aisling O'Leary, Natalia Larrea, Ramón San Miguel
OBJECTIVES: The increased survival of HIV-infected individuals has resulted in a premature aging of this population, with the consequent development of premature age-related comorbidities and risk factors. We aimed to describe the prevalence of age-related comorbidities and cardiovascular risk factors in older adults with HIV infection on antiretroviral therapy (ART). METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was undertaken in a cohort of HIV patients aged ≥50 years on ART in September 2016 in Spain...
February 28, 2018: Postgraduate Medicine
Jesús Castilla, Ana Navascués, Itziar Casado, Alejandra Pérez-García, Aitziber Aguinaga, Guillermo Ezpeleta, Francisco Pozo, Carmen Ezpeleta, Iván Martínez-Baz, Primary Health Care Sentinel Network, Network For Influenza Surveillance In Hospitals Of Navarre
The 2017/18 interim estimate of trivalent influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) was 39% (95% confidence interval: 20-54) in Navarre. Compared with individuals unvaccinated in the current and five previous seasons, VE against influenza B was 41% for current and any prior doses, 67% for current vaccination only, and 22% for any prior doses, and 43%, 51% and 54%, respectively against influenza A(H3N2). This suggests moderate VE despite predominance of lineage mismatched influenza B.
February 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
Nabila Eladawi, Mohammed Elmogy, Fahmi Khalifa, Mohammed Ghazal, Nicola Ghazi, Ahmed Aboelfetouh, Alaa Riad, Harpal Sandhu, Shlomit Schaal, Ayman El-Baz
PURPOSE: This paper introduces a new computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system for detecting early-stage diabetic retinopathy (DR) using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) images. METHODS: The proposed DR-CAD system is based on the analysis of new local features that describe both the appearance and retinal structure in OCTA images. It starts with a new segmentation approach that has the ability to extract the blood vessels from superficial and deep retinal OCTA maps...
February 22, 2018: Medical Physics
Leopoldo López Rosés, Beatriz Álvarez, Abel González Ramírez, Alina López Baz, Alexia Fernández López, Sara Alonso, Andrés Dacal, Eva Martí, Gino Albines, Julieta Fernández Molina, Ángel Lancho
INTRODUCTION: there is a lot of controversy with regard to who should be responsible for sedation during digestive endoscopy, particularly in advanced procedures that require deep sedation such as enteroscopy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the endoscopist-directed sedation viability during single balloon enteroscopy. MATERIAL AND METHOD: this was a prospective, observational study of a series of consecutive enteroscopies. The clinical staff included an endoscopist, scrub nurse and a nurse in charge of monitoring and sedative administration...
February 21, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Maysun Al Baz, Michael R Law, Rawan Saadeh
The irrational use of antibiotics is increasing in Jordanian refugee camps and consequently so too is bacterial resistance. About one-third of health expenditures at UNRWA health centers in Jordan are attributed to antibiotics. OBJECTIVE: We studied knowledge, attitude and behaviour of Palestine refugees attending UNRWA health centers in Jordan regarding antibiotic use in order to plan public health interventions accordingly. METHODS: A cross-sectional, interviewer-administered survey among 250 adult Palestine refugees at four different health centres was conducted...
February 16, 2018: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Lukmanee Tradtrantip, Christian M Felix, Rolf Spirig, Adriana Baz Morelli, A S Verkman
Intravenous human immunoglobulin G (IVIG) may have therapeutic benefit in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (herein called NMO), in part because of the anti-inflammatory properties of the IgG Fc region. Here, we evaluated recombinant Fc hexamers consisting of the IgM μ-tailpiece fused with the Fc region of human IgG1. In vitro, the Fc hexamers prevented cytotoxicity in aquaporin-4 (AQP4) expressing cells and in rat spinal cord slice cultures exposed to NMO anti-AQP4 autoantibody (AQP4-IgG) and complement, with >500-fold greater potency than IVIG or monomeric Fc fragments...
February 8, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Arndís Sue Ching Löve, Jose Antonio Baz-Lomba, Malcolm J Reid, Aino Kankaanpää, Teemu Gunnar, Maria Dam, Kristín Ólafsdóttir, Kevin V Thomas
Wastewater-based epidemiology is an efficient way to assess illicit drug use, complementing currently used methods retrieved from different data sources. The aim of this study is to compare stimulant drug use in five Nordic capital cities that include for the first time wastewater samples from Torshavn in the Faroe Islands. Currently there are no published reports that compare stimulant drug use in these Nordic capitals. All wastewater samples were analyzed using solid phase extraction and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry...
February 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Wafaa Mostafa Elkady, Eman Ahmed Ibrahim, Mariam Hussein Gonaid, Farouk Kamel El Baz
Purpose: the non-edible fruit parts of Casimiroa edulis Llave et were evaluated for their active constituents and their potential as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antitumor activity. Methods: Fruits peel (FP) and seeds kernel (SK) of Casimiroa edulis Llave et Lex. were extracted successively with hexane and then methanol. Fatty acids were prepared from hexane extracts and identified by GC. Total flavonoid, phenolic acids and tannins contents in methanol extracts were determined by UV spectrophotometer and identified by HPLC...
December 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Hui Chin Koo, Bee Koon Poh, Ruzita Abd Talib
Background: The GReat-Child Trial was a quasi-experimental intervention that has emphasized whole grain as a strategy to manage childhood obesity. Methods: Two schools in Kuala Lumpur with similar demographic characteristics were assigned as intervention (IG) and control (CG). Eligibility criteria were overweight/obese children aged 9 to 11 years who had no serious co-morbidity. Children who reported consuming wholegrain foods in their 3-day diet-recall during screening were excluded. A total of 63 children (31 IG; 32 CG) completed the entire intervention program...
January 30, 2018: Nutrients
Edurne Arriola, Ramón García Gómez, Pilar Diz, Margarita Majem, Maite Martínez Aguillo, Javier Valdivia, Alfredo Paredes, José Miguel Sánchez-Torres, Sergio Peralta Muñoz, Isidoro Barneto, Vanesa Gutierrez, Jesús Manuel Andrade Santiago, Francisco Aparisi, Dolores Isla, Santiago Ponce, David Vicente Baz, Angel Artal, Mariluz Amador, Mariano Provencio
BACKGROUND: Although the benefit of first-line epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKIs) over chemotherapy has been demonstrated in several clinical trials, data from clinical practice is lacking and the optimal EGFR TKI to be used remains unclear. This study aims to assess the real-life diagnostic and clinical management and outcome of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) carrying EGFR mutations in Spain. METHODS: All consecutive patients recently diagnosed with advanced or metastatic NSCLC from April 2010 to December 2011 in 18 Spanish hospitals and carrying EGFR mutations were retrospectively evaluated...
January 30, 2018: BMC Cancer
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