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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906084/quasi-poisson-versus-negative-binomial-regression-models-in-identifying-factors-affecting-initial-cd4-cell-count-change-due-to-antiretroviral-therapy-administered-to-hiv-positive-adults-in-north-west-ethiopia-amhara-region
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Awoke Seyoum, Principal Ndlovu, Temesgen Zewotir
BACKGROUND: CD4 cells are a type of white blood cells that plays a significant role in protecting humans from infectious diseases. Lack of information on associated factors on CD4 cell count reduction is an obstacle for improvement of cells in HIV positive adults. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to investigate baseline factors that could affect initial CD4 cell count change after highly active antiretroviral therapy had been given to adult patients in North West Ethiopia...
November 9, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905908/the-balance-between-the-serum-levels-of-il-6-and-il-10-cytokines-discriminates-mild-and-severe-acute-pneumonia
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Rita de Cássia Coelho Moraes de Brito, Norma Lucena-Silva, Leuridan Cavalcante Torres, Carlos Feitosa Luna, Jaílson de Barros Correia, Giselia Alves Pontes da Silva
BACKGROUND: To identify markers for earlier diagnosis of severe pneumonia, we assess the correlation between serum cytokine profile of children with different pneumonia severity. METHODS: In 25 hospitalized children, 7 with mild pneumonia and 18 with severe pneumonia, the serum concentration of 11 cytokines in three sampling times were dosed. Statistical analysis included parametric and non-parametric tests, Pearson correlation and ROC curve for cut-off definition of cytokines...
December 1, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905125/gadd45%C3%AE-is-involved-in-the-apoptosis-of-lymphocytes-induced-by-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-light
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Peng Yang, Huiqin Wen, Tao Zhong, Hailiang Hu, Bangqiang Zhu, Kang Xia, Mo Xu, Maohong Bian
BACKGROUND: Riboflavin plus ultraviolet (UV) pathogen reduction technology (RF-PRT) is an effective method for inactivating the residual white blood cells (WBCs) in blood components. The RF-PRT system for platelets is known to activate many signaling pathways, including p38 and NF-κB. Nevertheless, proteomic studies in WBCs after riboflavin plus UV treatment requires further analysis. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: ABO/D-matched lymphocytes were pooled, split, and treated with RF-PRT or UV light or left untreated...
December 1, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904748/patterns-of-medication-use-and-factors-associated-with-antibiotic-use-among-adult-fever-patients-at-singapore-primary-care-clinics
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Zaw Myo Tun, Mahesh Moorthy, Martin Linster, Yvonne C F Su, Richard James Coker, Eng Eong Ooi, Jenny Guek-Hong Low, Gavin J D Smith, Clarence C Tam
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is a public health problem of global importance. In Singapore, much focus has been given to antibiotic usage patterns in hospital settings. Data on antibiotic use in primary care is lacking. We describe antibiotic usage patterns and assess factors contributing to antibiotic usage among adults presenting with acute febrile illness (AFI) in primary care settings in Singapore. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Early Dengue infection and outcome study...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904601/evaluation-effects-of-nebulized-gentamicin-in-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease
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Forogh Soltaninejad, Soleiman Kheiri, Roya Habibian, Arshia Amra, Shahin Asgari-Savadjani
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of chronic morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Exacerbation of COPD has negative effect on quality of life. Therapeutic effect of nebulized antibiotics in pulmonary infections has been reported previously. Hence, we evaluated the effect of nebulized gentamicin in acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this clinical trial study, 86 hospitalized patients with AECOPD were divided into two groups for using nebulized gentamicin twice daily (case group) and placebo (control group) for 5 days in addition to standard treatment...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904269/serum-procalcitonin-level-reflects-the-severity-of-cellulitis
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Soo Hyeon Noh, Seok Don Park, Eun Jung Kim
BACKGROUND: Cellulitis is a common bacterial infection of the superficial skin. Procalcitonin is one of the precursor proteins of calcitonin, its levels are elevated in bacterial infection, and it has been established as a diagnostic marker for severe bacterial infections. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the clinical usefulness of procalcitonin for predicting disease severity and prognosis of cellulitis. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 160 patients diagnosed with cellulitis in the past 3 years...
December 2016: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903591/platelet-rich-plasma-powder-a-new-preparation-method-for-the-standardization-of-growth-factor-concentrations
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Matthias Kieb, Frank Sander, Cornelia Prinz, Stefanie Adam, Anett Mau-Möller, Rainer Bader, Kirsten Peters, Thomas Tischer
BACKGROUND: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is widely used in sports medicine. Available PRP preparations differ in white blood cell, platelet, and growth factor concentrations, making standardized research and clinical application challenging. PURPOSE: To characterize a newly standardized procedure for pooled PRP that provides defined growth factor concentrations. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: A standardized growth factor preparation (lyophilized PRP powder) was prepared using 12 pooled platelet concentrates (PCs) derived from different donors via apheresis...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903470/preoperative-white-blood-cell-count-in-patients-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-and-its-relation-to-survival-following-surgery
#8
Camilla Berge, Anne I Hagen, Hans O Myhre, Torbjørn Dahl
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to explore whether preoperative white blood cell count (WBC) may predict 30-day mortality and long-term survival following surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Secondarily we wanted to assess the potential sex differences in WBC in these patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was carried out as a retrospective cohort study. Patients undergoing surgery for intact and ruptured AAA at our institution consecutively in the time-period 1994-2007 were included...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903205/predicting-neurological-deficit-severity-due-to-subarachnoid-haemorrhage-soluble-cd40-ligand-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor-bb
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Yoshitaka Kubo, Takahiro Koji, Jun Yoshida, Akira Ogawa, Kuniaki Ogasawara
BACKGROUND: Several biological markers can predict outcomes in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), but markers to predict neurological deficit severity in patients with SAH and poor neurological condition have not yet been established. Soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) are related to the systemic inflammatory response. OBJECTIVE: In a prospective study, to investigate the relationship between clinical outcomes and blood test results in patients with SAH and severe neurological deficits...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902956/usefulness-of-cervical-computed-tomography-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-rapid-diagnosis-of-crowned-dens-syndrome-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Akihiro Inoue, Kanehisa Kohno, Satoko Ninomiya, Hitomi Tomita, Shinji Iwata, Shiro Ohue, Kenji Kamogawa, Kensho Okamoto, Shinya Fukumoto, Haruhisa Ichikawa, Shinji Onoue, Saya Ozaki, Bungo Okuda
INTRODUCTION: Crowned dens syndrome is a rare disease entity which radiologically shows calcification of the cruciform ligament around the odontoid process. We report a patient with crowned dens syndrome who improved dramatically in 5days following treatment with oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 61-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with a severe occipital headache and sudden onset of neck stiffness. Neurological examination on admission revealed a high fever and cervical rigidity...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902604/the-use-of-delta-neutrophil-index-and-myeloperoxidase-index-as-diagnostic-predictors-of-strangulated-mechanical-bowel-obstruction-in-the-emergency-department
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Yong Sung Cha, Kang Hyun Lee, Jong Wook Lee, Eun Hee Choi, Hyung Il Kim, Oh Hyun Kim, Kyoung Chul Cha, Hyun Kim, Sung Oh Hwang
Early detection of bowel strangulation is difficult in patients with mechanical bowel obstruction (MBO). There have been no previous reports of predicting strangulation in MBO cases using the delta neutrophil index (DNI), which is a measure of the proportion of circulating immature granulocytes, or the myeloperoxidase index (MPXI), which is a measure of serum myeloperoxidase level. Therefore, we evaluated differences in initial DNI and MPXI upon presentation at the emergency department (ED) according to strangulation presence in MBO patients...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902470/phase-i-study-of-qlnc120-a-novel-egfr-and-her2-kinase-inhibitor-in-pre-treated-patients-with-her2-overexpressing-advanced-breast-cancer
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Tongtong Zhang, Qing Li, Shanshan Chen, Yang Luo, Ying Fan, Binghe Xu
This study evaluated the dose-limiting toxicities (DLT), maximum tolerated dose (MTD), pharmacokinetic profile, and preliminary antitumor activity of QLNC120, an inhibitor of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), in HER2 overexpressing advanced breast cancer patients. In addition, the prognostic biomarkers of QLNC120 were investigated. QLNC120 was administered as a single dose, followed by 7 days observation, and then once daily consecutively. Scheduled dose escalation was 450mg, 750mg, 1000mg and 1250mg...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900474/bone-scan-usefulness-in-patients-with-painful-hip-or-knee-prosthesis-10-situations-that-can-cause-pain-other-than-loosening-and-infection
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REVIEW
Sofia Vaz, Teresa C Ferreira, Lucília Salgado, Frédéric Paycha
In recent years, with the higher median life expectancy, the number of hip and knee replacements has increased. Clinical examination and morphological studies are essential to evaluate patients with a painful arthroplasty. Nuclear medicine examinations also play an important role, their main usefulness being the exclusion of prosthesis complications. Nevertheless, conventional examinations, namely bone scan and white blood cell scintigraphy, can also identify complications, such as loosening and infection. This study describes the normal and pathologic patterns of a bone scan and exemplifies ten common situations that can cause pain in patients with hip or knee arthroplasty, other than loosening and infection, which can be disclosed on a bone scintigraphy...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900155/normal-platelet-function-in-platelet-concentrates-requires-non-platelet-cells-a-comparative-in-vitro-evaluation-of-leucocyte-rich-type-1a-and-leucocyte-poor-type-3b-platelet-concentrates
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William R Parrish, Breana Roides, Julia Hwang, Michael Mafilios, Brooks Story, Samir Bhattacharyya
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic success of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may vary based on the composition and preparation method. The objective of this study was to evaluate the cellular components of platelet concentrates produced by a leucocyte-rich (LR-PRP) and a leucocyte-poor PRP systems (LP-PRP). METHODS: Parameters evaluated included platelet recovery, platelet concentration, red blood cell (RBC) and white blood cell (WBC) composition, platelet growth factor release and stimulation of human tendon cell proliferation in vitro...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899862/the-relationship-between-lichen-planus-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness
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Koseoglu C, Erdogan M, Koseoglu G, Kurmus O, Ertem Ag, Efe Th, Kurmus Gi, Durmaz T, Keles T, Bozkurt E
BACKGROUND: Lichen planus (LP) is a chronic inflammatory disease. Although the association between chronic inflammation and subclinical atherosclerosis has been reported in the literature, the relationship between LP and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) has not been previously investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between LP and CIMT. METHODS: One hundred eleven LP patients and 105 controls were enrolled in the study. Then, CIMT examination was performed with an ultrasonography device...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899854/association-of-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-with-the-severity-and-morphology-of-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaques-detected-by-multidetector-computerized-tomography
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Ahmet Hakan Ateş, Kudret Aytemir, Duygu Koçyiğit, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Kadri Murat Gürses, Hikmet Yorgun, Uğur Canpolat, Tuncay Hazırolan, Necla Özer
BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated a consistent relationship between white blood cell (WBC) counts and coronary artery disease (CAD). The neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been considered as a potential marker for identifying individuals under risk of CAD and associated events. In this study, we aimed to evaluate whether NLR was associated with the severity and morphology of coronary atherosclerotic plaques shown by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). METHODS: Our study population consisted of 684 patients who underwent dual-source 64 slice MDCT for the assessment of CAD...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898965/performance-of-pigs-kept-under-different-sanitary-conditions-affected-by-protein-intake-and-amino-acid-supplementation
#17
Y van der Meer, A Lammers, A J M Jansman, M M J A Rijnen, W H Hendriks, W J J Gerrits
There is growing evidence that requirements for particular AA increase when pigs are kept under low sanitary conditions. The extent to which reduction in growth performance is related to these increased requirements is unclear. To evaluate this relationship, an experiment (2 × 2 × 2 factorial arrangement) was performed with 612 male pigs (9 per pen) kept under low sanitary conditions (LSC) or high sanitary conditions (HSC) and offered ad libitum access to either a normal CP concentration diet (NP; 17, 15, and 15% CP for the starter, grower, and finisher phase, respectively) or a low CP concentration diet (LP; 20% CP reduced relative to NP for each phase), each of which containing a basal AA profile (AA-B) or a supplemented AA profile (AA-S)...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898958/technical-note-a-procedure-to-estimate-glucose-requirements-of-an-activated-immune-system-in-steers
#18
S K Kvidera, E A Horst, M Abuajamieh, E J Mayorga, M V Sanz Fernandez, L H Baumgard
: Infection and inflammation impede efficient animal productivity. The activated immune system ostensibly requires large amounts of energy and nutrients otherwise destined for synthesis of agriculturally relevant products. Accurately determining the immune system's in vivo energy needs is difficult, but a better understanding may facilitate developing nutritional strategies to maximize productivity. The study objective was to estimate immune system glucose requirements following an i...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898956/effect-of-timing-of-challenge-following-short-term-natural-exposure-to-bovine-viral-diarrhea-virus-type-1b-on-animal-performance-and-immune-response-in-beef-steers
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L Carlos-Valdez, B K Wilson, L O Burciaga-Robles, D L Step, B P Holland, C J Richards, M A Montelongo, A W Confer, R W Fulton, C R Krehbiel
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the most common and economically detrimental disease of beef cattle during the postweaning period, causing the majority of morbidity and mortality in feedlots. The pathogenesis of this disease often includes an initial viral infection, which can predispose cattle to a secondary bacterial infection. The objective of this experiment was to determine the effects of timing of an intratracheal (MH) challenge relative to 72 h of natural exposure to bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) type 1b persistently infected (PI) calves on performance, serum antibody production, total and differential white blood cell (WBC) count, rectal temperature, clinical severity score (CS), and haptoglobin (Hp)...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898952/frequency-of-leukochimerism-in-holstein-and-jersey-twinsets
#20
A S Young, B W Kirkpatrick
The current study was conducted to test breed difference in the frequency of leukochimerism. This study used leukochimerism as evidence of placental vascular anastomosis formation and compared its frequency in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. We test the null hypothesis that there is no difference in incidence of leukochimerism in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. Hair and blood samples were collected from 85 Jersey twinsets and 80 Holstein twinsets, ranging in age from 1 d to 8 yr. An additional 7 Holstein twinsets (6 complete and 1 partial where 1 twin died) were sampled originally 48 to 72 h after birth and resampled at 5 to 10 mo of age to provide an assessment of whether leukochimerism changed with age...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
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