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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668123/nocardia-infections-in-the-transplanted-host
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M Hemmersbach-Miller, J E Stout, M H Woodworth, G M Cox, J L Saullo
BACKGROUND: Nocardia are uncommon pathogens that disproportionately afflict the immunocompromised host. Epidemiology and outcome data of Nocardia infections in transplant recipients are limited. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of all patients at Duke University Hospital with a history of solid organ transplant (SOT) or hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) and at least one positive culture for Nocardia between 1996-2013. Our aim was to describe the epidemiology and outcomes of Nocardia infections in the transplanted host...
April 18, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668037/treatment-of-chronic-neurogenic-cough-with-in-office-superior-laryngeal-nerve-block
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C Blake Simpson, Kathleen M Tibbetts, Michael J Loochtan, Laura M Dominguez
OBJECTIVES: Neurogenic cough is believed to result from a sensory neuropathy involving the internal branch of the superior laryngeal nerve (SLN). We present our outcomes for the treatment of neurogenic cough with localized blockade of the internal branch of the SLN. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients who underwent in-office percutaneous SLN block for treatment of neurogenic cough between 2015 and 2017 was conducted. Patient demographics, indications for injection, and response to treatment were recorded and analyzed...
April 18, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667890/novel-quality-indicators-for-radiologists-interpreting-abdominopelvic-ct-images-risk-adjusted-outcomes-among-emergency-department-patients-with-right-lower-quadrant-pain
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Matthew S Davenport, Shokoufeh Khalatbari, James H Ellis, Richard H Cohan, Suzanne T Chong, Keith E Kocher
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether individual radiologists are predictive of important relevant health outcomes among emergency department (ED) patients undergoing abdominopelvic CT for right lower quadrant pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single-institution retrospective cohort study included 2169 patients undergoing abdominopelvic CT for right lower quadrant pain in the ED from February 1, 2012, through August 31, 2016. CT examinations were interpreted by 15 radiologists (four emergency, 11 abdominal) who each reported on more than 70 CT examinations in the cohort...
April 18, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667798/delusional-infestation-in-psychodermatology
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Monica Rosales Santillan, Dustin L Taylor, Jason S Reichenberg
Delusional infestation (DI), also known as delusional parasitosis, consists of a patient's strong belief that he or she is infested with a nonliving substance or living organism despite lack of medical evidence to support this belief. The most commonly reported sources of infestation include insects, fibrous strands, worms, and scabies. Delusional infestation is predominantly seen in women and older patients. This disorder has a variable course and prognosis in patients. Delusional infestation can be a primary psychiatric problem, or secondary to underlying medical conditions or other psychiatric disorders...
April 18, 2018: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667769/targeting-the-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-akt-mechanistic-target-of-rapamycin-signaling-pathway-in-b-lineage-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-an-update
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Carolina Simioni, Alberto M Martelli, Giorgio Zauli, Marco Vitale, James A McCubrey, Silvano Capitani, Luca M Neri
Despite considerable progress in treatment protocols, B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) displays a poor prognosis in about 15-20% of pediatric cases and about 60% of adult patients. In addition, life-long irreversible late effects from chemo- and radiation therapy, including secondary malignancies, are a growing problem for leukemia survivors. Targeted therapy holds promising perspectives for cancer treatment as it may be more effective and have fewer side effects than conventional therapies. The phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate kinase (PI3K)/Akt/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway is a key regulatory cascade which controls proliferation, survival and drug-resistance of cancer cells, and it is frequently upregulated in the different subtypes of B-ALL, where it plays important roles in the pathophysiology, maintenance and progression of the disease...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667721/diverse-manifestations-of-acute-sickle-cell-hepatopathy-in-pediatric-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-a-case-series
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Lydia H Pecker, Nidhi Patel, Susan Creary, Anil Darbari, Emily Riehm Meier, Deepika S Darbari, Ross M Fasano
The hepatic complications of sickle cell disease (SCD) are associated with increased morbidity and mortality in adults; children usually survive but may suffer significant sequelae. Few diagnostic tools differentiate the various hepatic manifestations of SCD. Why patients exhibit one hepatic pathology versus another is unclear. We report four pediatric patients with hemoglobin SS disease with diverse manifestations of acute hepatic involvement including acute sickle hepatic crisis, hepatic sequestration, sickle cell intrahepatic cholestasis, and a non-SCD cause of hepatopathy in a patient with viral hepatitis...
April 18, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667630/-the-principal-and-auxiliary-immunohistochemical-markers-of-intravital-mechanical-strangulation-asphyxia
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D V Bogomolov, V A Fetisov, O P Denisova, Yu V Zbrueva, G G Semenov
The objective of the present study was the evaluation of the auxiliary methods for the diagnostics of the intravital formation of the constriction marks; the secondary objective was to determine the pace at which the death and asphyxia occur. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The materials on which the study was based included 17 cases of mechanical strangulation asphyxia involving 13 men and 4 women at the age from 8 to 28 years. All cases of hanging were associated with different blood alcohol levels...
2018: Sudebno-meditsinskaia Ekspertiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667580/severe-asthma-phenotypes-classified-by-site-of-airway-involvement-and-remodeling-via-chest-ct-scan
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S Kim, K Nam Jin, S H Cho, C Hyun Lee, H R Kang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to establish a system that can classify severe asthma on the basis of airway remodeling patterns visualized by computed tomography (CT) images and to evaluate the clinical characteristics of individual image-based subtypes. METHODS: Chest CT images of severe asthma patients were retrospectively evaluated to classify phenotypes by site of airway involvement and remodeling. The association between radiologic subtypes and clinical characteristics was assessed...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667562/caregiver-perceptions-of-a-fruit-and-vegetable-prescription-programme-for-low-income-paediatric-patients
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Amy Saxe-Custack, Heather Claire Lofton, Mona Hanna-Attisha, Colleen Victor, Gwendolyn Reyes, Tiffany Ceja, Jenny LaChance
OBJECTIVE: The physical and social environments that surround children should support good health. However, challenges with food security and access prevent many children from consuming a healthy diet, which is critical to proper growth and development. The present study sought to gain a better understanding of primary care initiatives to address these issues in a low-income setting. DESIGN: Following the relocation of a paediatric clinic to a farmers' market building and the implementation of a fruit and vegetable prescription programme, researchers conducted thirty-two semi-structured interviews with caregivers...
April 18, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667553/car-t-cell-therapy-a-new-era-in-cancer-immunotherapy
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Miliotou N Androulla, Papadopoulou C Lefkothea
BACKGROUND: Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Over the years, a number of conventional cytotoxic approaches for neoplastic diseases has been developed. However, due to their limited effectiveness in accordance with the heterogeneity of cancer cells, there is a constant search for therapeutic approaches with improved outcome, such as immunotherapy that utilizes and enhances the normal capacity of the patient's immune system. METHODS: Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy involves genetic modification of patient's autologous T-cells to express a CAR specific for a tumor antigen, following by ex vivo cell expansion and re-infusion back to the patient...
April 17, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667546/seminal-supar-levels-as-marker-of-abacterial-male-accessory-gland-inflammation-in-hypogonadism
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Domenico Milardi, Giuseppe Grande, Chiara Autilio, Francesca Mancini, Laura De Marinis, Riccardo Marana, Cecilia Zuppi, Andrea Urbani, Alfredo Pontecorvi, Silvia Baroni
Recent evidences suggest that hypogonadism is an important risk factor for lower urinary tract symptoms and benign prostatic hyperplasia. Several papers have discussed the role of chronic inflammation in the development of BPH, which may be modulated by the hypogonadal state. Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), known protein marker of systemic inflammation, can be assayed in the seminal plasma and represents a reliable and sensitive marker of inflammation for the male accessory gland inflammation (MAGI)...
April 18, 2018: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667509/the-involvement-of-cancer-patients-in-the-four-stages-of-decision-making-preceding-continuous-sedation-until-death-a-qualitative-study
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Lenzo Robijn, Jane Seymour, Luc Deliens, Ida Korfage, Jayne Brown, Peter Pype, Agnes Van Der Heide, Kenneth Chambaere, Judith Rietjens
BACKGROUND: Involving patients in decision-making is considered to be particularly appropriate towards the end of life. Professional guidelines emphasize that the decision to initiate continuous sedation should be made in accordance with the wishes of the dying person and be preceded by their consent. AIM: To describe the decision-making process preceding continuous sedation until death with particular attention to the involvement of the person who is dying. DESIGN: Qualitative case studies using interviews...
April 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667485/amino-acid-kinetics-and-the-response-to-nutrition-in-patients-with-cancer
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Barbara S van der Meij, Laisa Teleni, Marielle Pkj Engelen, Nicolaas Ep Deutz
PURPOSE: Amino acids are involved in many physiological processes in the body and serve as building blocks of proteins which are the main component of muscle mass. Often patients with cancer experience muscle wasting, which is associated with poor outcomes. The purpose of this paper is to discuss amino acid kinetics in cancer, review the evidence on the response to nutrition in patients with cancer, and to give recommendations on the appropriate level of amino acid or protein intake in cancer...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667475/how-family-caregivers-help-older-relatives-navigate-statutory-services-at-the-end-of-life-a-descriptive-qualitative-study
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Lisa Ann Williams, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Janine Wiles, Stella Black, Gabriella Trussardi, Ngaire Kerse, Merryn Gott
BACKGROUND: A key challenge in meeting the palliative care needs of people in advanced age is the multiple healthcare and social service agencies typically involved in their care. The 'patient navigator' model, originally developed in cancer care, is the professional solution most often recommended to address this challenge. However, little attention has been paid, or is known, about the role that family carers play in enabling their dying relatives to negotiate service gaps. AIM: To explore the role family caregivers play in helping people dying in advanced old age navigate health services at the end of life...
April 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667443/implications-of-structural-and-functional-brain-changes-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Thanuja Dharmadasa, William Huynh, Jun Tsugawa, Yoshimitsu Shimatani, Yan Ma, Matthew C Kiernan
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and disability, eventually leading to death. Heterogeneity of disease has become a major barrier to understanding key clinical questions such as prognosis and disease spread, and has disadvantaged clinical trials in search of therapeutic intervention. Patterns of disease have been explored through recent advances in neuroimaging, elucidating structural, molecular and functional changes. Unique brain signatures have emerged that have lent a greater understanding of critical disease mechanisms, offering opportunities to improve diagnosis, guide prognosis, and establish candidate biomarkers to direct future therapeutic strategies...
April 19, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667435/clinical-and-surgical-risk-factors-for-consecutive-exotropia
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Sophie Bryselbout, Veronique Promelle, Florent Pracca, Solange Milazzo
INTRODUCTION: Consecutive exotropia is one of the complications of esotropia surgery. Its prevalence is estimated at 4%-27%. The aim of this study was to identify the risk factors for consecutive exotropia in the aftermath of surgical treatment of esotropia. METHODS: Seventy-four patients examined in our strabismus consultation for a consecutive exotropia from January 2010 to June 2016 were retrospectively included. The age of onset of esotropia, the presence of amblyopia, the age of esotropia surgery and chosen procedure, the refractive errors, the anomalies of ocular motility, the age of onset of the consecutive exotropia and its angle of deviation were reported...
April 1, 2018: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667426/surgical-repair-of-traumatic-isolated-inferior-rectus-muscle-avulsion
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Xuhong Zuo, Lei Gao, Lewei Bao, Lv Chunyan
PURPOSE: To report our experience in the management of avulsion of the inferior rectus muscle. METHODS: We describe the approach we have used for surgical repair of isolated avulsion of the inferior rectus muscle in two patients who suffered orbital trauma. RESULTS: In both cases, the proximal portion of the inferior rectus muscle was located successfully by the generated muscle force duction test and sutured back into its original insertion point...
April 1, 2018: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667269/effects-of-bmp-2-on-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stem-cells-in-fibrous-dysplasia
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Soyoun Um, Hui Young Kim, Byoung-Moo Seo
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of BMP-2 on bone-grafting procedures for treatment of fibrous dysplasia based on in vitro and in vivo experiments. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Proliferation of stem cells was determined by colony-forming assay, CCK-8 assay, and BrdU staining. OCT4 and NANOG expression was analyzed by flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry. Osteogenic differentiation was assessed by measuring ALP activity, alizarin red S staining, and in vivo transplantation...
April 18, 2018: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667246/the-role-of-patients-families-in-treatment-decision-making-among-adult-cancer-patients-in-the-sultanate-of-oman
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A Al-Bahri, M Al-Moundhri, Z Al-Mandhari, M Al-Azri
There are limited numbers of studies available in Middle Eastern Arabic countries regarding participation of family ‎members in cancer treatment decision-making (TDM). The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of family members' ‎in TDM among ‎adult Omani cancer ‎patients. A cross-sectional study was conducted in two main teaching hospitals. All adult Omani patients who were diagnosed with cancer and their nominated family members were invited to ‎participate. A tool developed by Cancer Care Outcomes Research and ‎Surveillance Consortium was used to identify the level of family involvement in TDM...
April 17, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667218/early-repolarization-is-involved-in-ventricular-fibrillation-in-patients-with-variant-angina
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Tetsuji Shinohara, Hidekazu Kondo, Akira Fukui, Hidefumi Akioka, Yasushi Teshima, Kunio Yufu, Mikiko Nakagawa, Naohiko Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Variant angina (VA) is caused by reversible coronary artery spasm, which is characterized by chest pain with ST segment elevations on a standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) at rest. VA attack often causes lethal ventricular arrhythmia. The early repolarization (ER) pattern is associated with ventricular fibrillation (VF). However, whether the ER pattern is involved in VF in patients with VA is not known. We investigated the association between the ER pattern and VF in patients with VA...
April 17, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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