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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149339/human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-increases-the-risk-of-incident-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Yung-Feng Yen, Yu-Ching Lan, Chun-Teng Huang, I-An Jen, Marcelo Chen, Chun-Yuan Lee, Pei-Hung Chuang, Yun Lee, Donalde E Morisky, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
Background: Currently, the association between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and subsequent development of autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) remains unclear. This nationwide population-based cohort study aimed to determine the association between incident AIHA and HIV infection in Taiwan. Methods: During 2000-2012, we identified people aged ≧15 years living with HIV (PLWH) from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control HIV Surveillance System. Individuals were considered to be infected with HIV on the basis of positive results of an HIV type 1 Western blot...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149310/counting-indirect-crisis-related-deaths-in-the-context-of-a-low-resilience-health-system-the-case-of-maternal-and-neonatal-health-during-the-ebola-epidemic-in-sierra-leone
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Laura Sochas, Andrew Amos Channon, Sara Nam
Although the number of direct Ebola-related deaths from the 2013 to 2016 West African Ebola outbreak has been quantified, the number of indirect deaths, resulting from decreased utilization of routine health services, remains unknown. Such information is a key ingredient of health system resilience, essential for adequate allocation of resources to both 'crisis response activities' and 'core functions'. Taking stock of indirect deaths may also help the concept of health system resilience achieve political traction over the traditional approach of disease-specific surveillance...
November 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147622/factors-released-by-the-tumor-far-microenvironment-are-decisive-for-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-development-and-progression
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Juan L Iovanna, Daniel Closa
The REG3β protein was identified more than 2 decades ago, but its role in PDAC development was only recently reported. In Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC), REG3β protein is expressed and released by the far microenvironment, which is situated out of the tumor, at the periphery of the tumor mass, and is part of the healthy peri-tumoral region. This compartment is completely unrelated to the classical microenvironment that corresponds to the intra-tumoral stoma. Clinically relevant, the far microenvironment, and the factors released by it, could be novel and original therapeutic targets for treating patients with a PDAC...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147602/gdnf-secreted-by-nerves-enhances-pd-l1-expression-via-jak2-stat1-signaling-activation-in-hnscc
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Chengzhong Lin, Wei Cao, Zhenhu Ren, Yu Tang, Chunye Zhang, Rong Yang, Yiming Chen, Zheqi Liu, Canbang Peng, Lizhen Wang, Xu Wang, Tong Ji
Programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) functions as a key immune inhibitory factor by binding with its receptor, programmed death 1 (PD-1), to induce immune cell dysfunction and escape of the immune system. However, the mechanisms of PD-L1 expression under growth factor stimulation are not well characterized. Here, we demonstrate a novel role for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) in upregulating PD-L1 expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The expression and correlation of PD-L1, GDNF and perineural invasion (PNI) status were evaluated by bioinformatics analysis of TCGA database and IHC assays from 145 HNSCC patients...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144996/new-roles-and-controls-of-mast-cells
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Eric Espinosa, Salvatore Valitutti
Mast cells are innate immune cells implicated in immune surveillance and defense. They are filled with secretory granules where a vast array of molecules endowed with multiple biological activities are stored. The process of granule secretion, named degranulation, is a tightly controlled biological phenomenon that allows mast cells to rapidly and efficiently release bioactive mediators in response to extracellular stimuli. MC degranulation allows fighting pathogens, limiting envenomation and contributes to tissue homeostasis...
November 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143253/ruling-out-clinically-significant-prostate-cancer-with-negative-multi-parametric-mri
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Julie Y An, Abhinav Sidana, Sarah A Holzman, Joseph A Baiocco, Sherif Mehralivand, Peter L Choyke, Bradford J Wood, Baris Turkbey, Peter A Pinto
PURPOSE: To evaluate the negative predictive value (NPV) of a negative prostate multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) in ruling out clinically significant prostate upon 12-core systematic biopsy. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 114 men evaluated at our institution who underwent systematic 12-core biopsy within 1 year of a negative prostate mpMRI. Clinicopathologic features were evaluated and NPV was calculated for detection of clinically significant (Gleason ≥ 7) cancer...
November 15, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141768/rat-fall-surveillance-coupled-with-vector-control-and-community-education-as-a-plague-prevention-strategy-in-the-west-nile-region-uganda
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Karen A Boegler, Linda A Atiku, Russell E Enscore, Titus Apangu, Joseph Tendo Mpanga, Sarah Acayo, John Kaggwa, Paul S Mead, Brook M Yockey, Kiersten J Kugeler, Martin E Schriefer, Kalanthe Horiuchi, Kenneth L Gage, Rebecca J Eisen
Plague, primarily a disease of rodents, is most frequently transmitted by fleas and causes potentially fatal infections in humans. In Uganda, plague is endemic to the West Nile region. Primary prevention for plague includes control of rodent hosts or flea vectors, but targeting these efforts is difficult given the sporadic nature of plague epizootics in the region and limited resource availability. Here, we present a community-based strategy to detect and report rodent deaths (rat fall), an early sign of epizootics...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141751/assessment-of-a-leishmaniasis-reporting-system-in-tropical-bolivia-using-the-capture-recapture-method
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Daniel Eid, Miguel Guzman-Rivero, Ernesto Rojas, Isabel Goicolea, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Daniel Illanes, Miguel San Sebastian
This study evaluates the level of underreporting of the National Program of Leishmaniasis Control (NPLC) in two communities of Cochabamba, Bolivia during the period 2013-2014. Montenegro skin test-confirmed cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) were identified through active surveillance during medical campaigns. These cases were compared with those registered in the NPLC by passive surveillance. After matching and cleaning data from the two sources, the total number of cases and the level of underreporting of the National Program were calculated using the capture-recapture analysis...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141717/diagnostic-accuracy-of-global-pharma-health-fund-minilab%C3%A2-in-assessing-pharmacopoeial-quality-of-antimicrobials
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Hui Pan, William Ba-Thein
Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF) Minilab™, a semi-quantitative thin-layer chromatography (TLC)-based commercially available test kit, is widely used in drug quality surveillance globally, but its diagnostic accuracy is unclear. We investigated the diagnostic accuracy of minilab system for antimicrobials, using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as reference standard. Following the Minilab protocols and the Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China protocols, Minilab-TLC and HPLC were used to test five common antimicrobials (506 batches) for relative concentration of active pharmaceutical ingredients...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141564/a-review-on-the-management-of-small-renal-masses-active-surveillance-versus-surgery
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Giancarlo Marra, Marco Oderda, Marco Allasia, Stefania Munegato, Steven Joniau, Paolo Gontero
Despite the rise of small renal tumour (SRMs) diagnosis and related surgeries, death rate of kidney cancer is increasing, suggesting a non-optimal management of SRMs. Active Surveillance (AS) for kidney cancer was introduced to face this paradox. However, incertitude remains on whether and when AS can replace surgery in selected patients. We performed a literature search, reviewed and discussed the evidence in favour of AS or surgery for SRMs. Histopathology and natural history of SRMs, including the percentage of benign tumours amongst SRMs, tumour growth rate, life expectancy of SRMs patients being generally older, and current results of AS series seem to support its use in selected groups...
November 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141560/growth-kinetics-and-oncologic-outcomes-for-small-renal-masses-managed-with-active-surveillance-a-review-of-the-literature
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Benjamin T Ristau, Thomas W Fuller, Ricardo Rios, Cristina Ho, Jeffrey J Tomaszewski
An increasing number of enhancing renal masses are being discovered incidentally on cross-sectional imaging. Many can be characterized as small renal masses (SRMs), the natural history of which is heterogeneous and poorly understood. Active surveillance has been proposed as an initial management strategy for these tumors, particularly in the old and infirmed patient population. Herein, a rigorous review of the literature is provided to explore the incidence and epidemiology of SRMs as well as the growth kinetics and oncologic outcomes of SRMs under observation...
November 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141559/new-histopathological-genetic-features-to-improve-active-surveillance-selection-for-low-risk-prostate-cancer
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Lih-Ming Wong, Kevin Chu, Niall Corcoran, Sam Norden
BACKGROUND: A recent surge in biomarkers to aid management of men with prostate cancer has occurred. Their applications are varied and not all tests are applicable to the active surveillance setting. OBJECTIVE: To review primary evidence on genetic and immunohistochemical biomarkers, and their role on patient selection and risk stratification for men on active surveillance for prostate cancer. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A PubMed electronic search using the terms (biomarker or genetic or histopathological) AND ("prostate cancer" AND "active surveillance") was performed from inception to April 2015...
November 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141556/selecting-patients-with-small-renal-masses-for-active-surveillance
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Michael H Johnson, Mohamad E Allaf, Phillip M Pierorazio
The incidentally discovered, clinically-localized, small renal mass (clinical stage T1aN0M0, ≤4cm) is the most commonly diagnosed entity in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) - now accounting for at least 40% of newly diagnosed renal tumors. Given the above argument, active surveillance (AS) has emerged as a viable management strategy for SRM. This review will examine and discuss the existing literature regarding selection criteria for AS. AS of clinical T1a renal masses is emerging as a safe and effective management strategy in selected patients, yet appropriate patient selection and counseling remains an area of great interest...
November 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141337/-epidemiology-of-imported-infectious-diseases-in-china-2013-2016
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Y L Wang, X Wang, R Q Ren, L Zhou, W W Tu, D X Ni, Q Li, Z J Feng, Y P Zhang
Objective: To describe the epidemic of imported infectious diseases in China between 2013 and 2016, including the kinds of infectious diseases, affected provinces, source countries and the epidemiological characteristics, and provide scientific information for the prevention and control of imported infectious diseases. Methods: Data of cases of imported infectious diseases in China from 2013 to 2016 were collected from national information reporting system of infectious diseases, Microsoft Excel 2010 and SPSS 18...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140820/renal-effects-of-cytokines-in-hypertension
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Yi Wen, Steven D Crowley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammatory cytokines contribute to the pathogenesis of hypertension through effects on renal blood flow and sodium handling. This review will update recent advances that explore the renal actions of immune cells and cytokines in the pathogenesis of hypertension. RECENT FINDINGS: Populations of cells from both the innate and adaptive immune systems contribute to hypertension by modulating functions of the vasculature and epithelial cells in the kidney...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140128/lower-extremity-musculoskeletal-injury-risk-after-concussion-recovery-in-high-school-athletes
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Robert C Lynall, Timothy C Mauntel, Ryan T Pohlig, Zachary Y Kerr, Thomas P Dompier, Eric E Hall, Thomas A Buckley
CONTEXT:   Although an association between concussion and musculoskeletal injury has been described in collegiate and professional athletes, no researchers have investigated an association in younger athletes. OBJECTIVE:   To determine if concussion in high school athletes increased the risk for lower extremity musculoskeletal injury after return to activity. DESIGN:   Observational cohort study. SETTING:   One hundred ninety-six high schools across 26 states...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140108/cytomegalovirus-and-hiv-persistence-pouring-gas-on-the-fire
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Aaron Christensen-Quick, Christophe Vanpouille, Andrea Lisco, Sara Gianella
The inherent stability of a small population of T cells that are latently infected with HIV despite antiretroviral therapy (ART) remains a stubborn obstacle to an HIV cure. By exploiting the memory compartment of our immune system, HIV maintains persistence in a small subset of quiescent cells with varying phenotypes, thus evading immune surveillance and clinical detection. Understanding the molecular and immunological mechanisms that maintain the latent reservoir will be critical to the success of HIV eradication strategies...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138682/mir-128-is-implicated-in-stress-responses-by-targeting-mafg-in-skeletal-muscle-cells
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Rocco Caggiano, Fabio Cattaneo, Ornella Moltedo, Giovanni Esposito, Cinzia Perrino, Bruno Trimarco, Rosario Ammendola, Raffaella Faraonio
MAFG (v-Maf avian musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene homolog G) is a bZIP-type transcriptional regulator that belongs to the small MAF (sMAFs) protein family. By interacting with other bZIP transcription factors, sMAFs can form homo- and heterodimers governing either repressive or activating transcriptional functions. As heterodimeric partner of Nrf2, MAFG positively influences the ARE-dependent antioxidant/xenobiotic pathways, at least in condition of a correct MAFG:Nrf2 balance. MicroRNAs (miRs) participate to different regulatory networks being involved as fine-tuning regulators of gene expression...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138589/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-toxicity-from-amanita-mushroom-poisoning
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Satariya Trakulsrichai, Charuwan Sriapha, Achara Tongpoo, Umaporn Udomsubpayakul, Sunun Wongvisavakorn, Sahaphume Srisuma, Winai Wananukul
Objective: To describe and analyze the clinical characteristics and outcome of amatoxin poisoning cases. Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort study of amatoxin poisoning cases from Ramathibodi Poison Center Toxic Exposure Surveillance System, from May 2013 to August 2015. Results: There were 30 consultations with a total of 55 poisoning cases. Most cases were male and from the north-east region. Hepatitis, acute kidney injury, jaundice, and coagulopathy accounted for 74%, 46...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138251/mitochondrial-inner-membrane-protease-yme1-degrades-outer-membrane-proteins-tom22-and-om45
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Xi Wu, Lanlan Li, Hui Jiang
Mitochondria are double-membraned organelles playing essential metabolic and signaling functions. The mitochondrial proteome is under surveillance by two proteolysis systems: the ubiquitin-proteasome system degrades mitochondrial outer-membrane (MOM) proteins, and the AAA proteases maintain the proteostasis of intramitochondrial compartments. We previously identified a Doa1-Cdc48(-Ufd1-Npl4) complex that retrogradely translocates ubiquitinated MOM proteins to the cytoplasm for degradation. In this study, we report the unexpected identification of MOM proteins whose degradation requires the Yme1(-Mgr1-Mgr3)i-AAA protease complex in mitochondrial inner membrane...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
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