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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444127/hla-class-i-binding-prediction-via-convolutional-neural-networks
#1
Yeeleng S Vang, Xiaohui Xie
Motivation: Many biological processes are governed by protein-ligand interactions. One such example is the recognition of self and nonself cells by the immune system. This immune response process is regulated by the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) protein which is encoded by the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex. Understanding the binding potential between MHC and peptides can lead to the design of more potent, peptide-based vaccines and immunotherapies for infectious autoimmune diseases...
April 21, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441990/high-mobility-group-box-1-biomarker-of-inhaled-corticosteroid-treatment-response-in-children-with-moderate-severe-asthma
#2
Sara Manti, Salvatore Leonardi, Giuseppe F Parisi, Dominique De Vivo, Annamaria Salpietro, Antonietta Spinuzza, Teresa Arrigo, Carmelo Salpietro, Caterina Cuppari
BACKGROUND: High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is abnormally expressed in serum and sputum of patients with allergic asthma. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the role of HMGB1 as guidance for treatment management of children with asthma. METHODS: Thirty children with asthma and 44 healthy children were enrolled. The patients were classified according to Global Initiative for Asthma Guideline disease severity criteria. Sputum HMGB1 levels and lung function index (percentage forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1%]) were recorded in the cohort study at baseline (T0) and after 3 (T3) and 6 (T6) months of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) treatment...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441316/hemolysis-following-intraoperative-cell-salvage-replacement-in-a-scoliosis-patient-with-sickle-cell-trait-a-case-report
#3
Daniel You, Alejandro Peiro Garcia, Fabio Ferri-de-Barros, David Parsons
STUDY DESIGN: Case Report. OBJECTIVE: To describe a novel presentation of acute renal failure associated with hemolysis following intraoperative cell salvage (ICS) in a neuromuscular scoliosis patient with sickle cell trait (SCT). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Hemolysis associated acute renal failure following ICS in patients with SCT has not been previously reported. Sickle cell disease is regarded as a relative contraindication for ICS due to the risk of red blood cell sickling in the hypoxic cell saver reservoir...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431019/identifying-cytomegalovirus-cmv-complications-using-the-quantiferon-cmv-assay-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#4
Michelle K Yong, Paul U Cameron, Monica Slavin, C Orla Morrissey, Krystal Bergin, Andrew Spencer, David Ritchie, Allen C Cheng, Assia Samri, Guislaine Carcelain, Brigitte Autran, Sharon R Lewin
Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation and disease remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. A simple test to identify recovery of CMV-specific T-cell immunity could assist clinicians in managing CMV-related complications. Methods: In an observational multi-centre prospective study of 94 allogeneic HSCT recipients we evaluated CMV-specific T-cell immunity at baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-transplant using the Quantiferon-CMV®, an ELISpot assay and in a subset, we also evaluated intracellular cytokine staining (ICS)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426171/sputum-basophils-are-increased-in-eosinophilic-asthma-compared-with-non-eosinophilic-asthma-phenotypes
#5
Collin R Brooks, Christine J van Dalen, Ian F Hermans, Peter G Gibson, Jodie L Simpson, Jeroen Douwes
Sputum basophil numbers are increased in allergic asthmatics, but it is unclear what role airway basophils play in "TH2-low" asthma phenotypes. Using flow cytometry we found that basophils were significantly increased in all asthmatics (n=26) compared with healthy controls (n=8) (p=0.007) with highest levels observed in eosinophilic asthma (EA; median 0.22%, IQR 0.11-0.47%; n=14) compared with non-EA (0.06%, 0.00-0.20%; n=12; p<0.05). In asthmatics, basophils were positively correlated with sputum eosinophils (r=0...
April 20, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425216/pneumonia-risk-in-asthma-patients-using-inhaled-corticosteroids-a-quasi-cohort-study
#6
Christina J Qian, Janie Coulombe, Samy Suissa, Pierre Ernst
AIM: Studies have linked the use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) to excess pneumonia risk in COPD patients. The risk in asthma patients remains unclear. The objective was to examine the risk of pneumonia with ICS in patients 12 to 35 years old with asthma. METHODS: We formed a cohort of asthma patients treated from 1990-2007 using Quebec health insurance databases. Subjects were considered currently exposed if they had an ICS dispensed within the 60 days prior to their pneumonia index event or matched person-moment...
March 28, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423579/systematic-review-with-network-meta-analysis-comparative-efficacy-of-different-enteral-immunonutrition-formulas-in-patients-underwent-gastrectomy
#7
Guo-Min Song, Xiao-Ling Liu, Wei Bian, Jing Wu, Yong-Hong Deng, Hui Zhang, Xu Tian
OBJECTIVES: Optimal enteral immunonutrition (EIN) regime for gastric cancer (GC) patients underwent gastrectomy remains uncertainty. To assess comparative efficacy of different EIN formulas in GC patients underwent gastrectomy, we performed network meta-analysis. RESULTS: We included 11 RCTs enrolling 840 patients. Pairwise meta-analysis indicated that EIN (RR 0.56, 95% CI 0.36-0.86; MD -0.42, 95% CI -0.74-0.10), Arg+RNA+ω-3-FAs (RR 0.37, 95% CI 0.22-0.63; MD -0...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422085/resonant-rectifier-ics-for-piezoelectric-energy-harvesting-using-low-voltage-drop-diode-equivalents
#8
Amad Ud Din, Seneke Chamith Chandrathna, Jong-Wook Lee
Herein, we present the design technique of a resonant rectifier for piezoelectric (PE) energy harvesting. We propose two diode equivalents to reduce the voltage drop in the rectifier operation, a minuscule-drop-diode equivalent (MDDE) and a low-drop-diode equivalent (LDDE). The diode equivalents are embedded in resonant rectifier integrated circuits (ICs), which use symmetric bias-flip to reduce the power used for charging and discharging the internal capacitance of a PE transducer. The self-startup function is supported by synchronously generating control pulses for the bias-flip from the PE transducer...
April 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419532/electromyography-in-the-assessment-and-therapy-of-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction-in-adults
#9
REVIEW
Jan Krhut, Roman Zachoval, Peter F W M Rosier, Beth Shelly, Peter Zvara
AIM: To present the teaching module "Electromyography in the assessment and therapy of lower urinary tract dysfunction in adults." This teaching module embodies a presentation, in combination with this manuscript. This manuscript serves as a scientific background review; the evidence base made available on ICS website to summarize current knowledge and recommendations. METHODS: This review has been prepared by a Working Group of The ICS Urodynamics Committee. The methodology used included comprehensive literature review, consensus formation by the members of the Working Group, and review by members of the ICS Urodynamics Committee core panel...
April 18, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417456/interventions-to-improve-adherence-to-inhaled-steroids-for-asthma
#10
REVIEW
Rebecca Normansell, Kayleigh M Kew, Elizabeth Stovold
BACKGROUND: Despite its proven efficacy in improving symptoms and reducing exacerbations, many patients with asthma are not fully adherent to their steroid inhaler. Suboptimal adherence leads to poorer clinical outcomes and increased health service utilisation, and has been identified as a contributing factor to a third of asthma deaths in the UK. Reasons for non-adherence vary, and a variety of interventions have been proposed to help people improve treatment adherence. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of interventions intended to improve adherence to inhaled corticosteroids among people with asthma...
April 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417154/bulkamid-pahg-in-mixed-urinary-incontinence-what-is-the-outcome
#11
Stefan Mohr, Christine Marthaler, Sara Imboden, Ash Monga, Michel D Mueller, Annette Kuhn
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Mixed urinary incontinence (MUI), defined as mixed symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and overactive bladder (OAB), is a difficult entity if conservative treatment has failed. Cure rates are low compared with SUI, particularly the OAB component, may deteriorate after sling insertion. Bulking agents pose an appealing alternative for the treatment of MUI. They have shown beneficial effect in small case studies, but larger series are lacking. The aim of this prospective study was an analysis of treatment efficacy and safety profile of the bulking agent, Bulkamid, in female patients with MUI...
April 17, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414249/psychological-distress-is-associated-with-altered-cognitive-functioning-in-family-caregivers-of-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness
#12
P Moretta, O Masotta, E Crispino, G Castronovo, S Ruvolo, C Montalbano, V Loreto, L Trojano, A Estraneo
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the possible presence of reduced cognitive efficiency in family caregivers of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (DOC). SUBJECTS: The participants were 27 caregivers of 25 patients with DOC admitted to the severe brain injury units of the ICS Maugeri, Institutes of Telese Terme and Sciacca, Italy. METHODS: We examined cognitive functions such as short- and long-term memory, executive functions and attention by means of standardized tests...
April 17, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413571/asthma-control-in-primary-care-the-results-of-an-observational-cross-sectional-study-in-italy-and-spain
#13
Maria Sandra Magnoni, Manuela Latorre, Germano Bettoncelli, M Guadalupe Sanchez-Herrero, Araceli Lopez, Eduardo Calvo, Andrea Rizzi, Marco Caminati, Gianenrico Senna, Pierluigi Paggiaro
BACKGROUND: Poor asthma control observed in several surveys may be related to a lack of systematic assessment by physicians and/or to patient underestimation of symptoms. Along this line, the purpose of this study was to investigate the level of asthma control in patients attending the GP office for different reasons, either for renewal of drug prescription or for worsening of asthma symptoms. METHODS: Each of the 145 General Practitioners (GP) in Italy and Spain selected at least eight asthmatic patients attending their office for a renewal of drug prescription (Group A) or for worsening of asthma symptoms (Group B), between May and December 2009...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412726/inhaled-corticosteroids-have-a-protective-effect-against-lung-cancer-in-female-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#14
Shih-Feng Liu, Ho-Chang Kuo, Meng-Chih Lin, Shu-Chen Ho, Mei-Lien Tu, Yu-Mu Chen, Yung-Che Chen, Wen-Feng Fang, Chin-Chou Wang, Guan-Heng Liu
Whether the use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) protects patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from lung cancer remains undetermined. In this retrospective nationwide population-based cohort study, we extracted data of 13,686 female COPD patients (ICS users, n = 1,290, ICS non-users, n = 12,396) diagnosed between 1997 and 2009 from the Taiwan's National Health Insurance database. These patients were followed-up until 2011, and lung cancer incidence was determined. Cox regression analysis was used to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) for lung cancer incidence...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410560/role-of-long-acting-muscarinic-antagonist-long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonist-therapy-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#15
Sarah E Petite
OBJECTIVE: To compare the available literature regarding the use of long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA)/long-acting β2 agonists (LABA) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)/LABA combination inhaler therapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) maintenance therapy management. DATA SOURCES: A MEDLINE literature search from database inception to February 2017 was conducted using the search terms chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, adrenergic beta-agonist, muscarinic antagonist, and inhaled corticosteroid...
April 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410384/relay-discovery-and-selection-for-large-scale-p2p-streaming
#16
Chengwei Zhang, Angela Yunxian Wang, Xiaojun Hei
In peer-to-peer networks, application relays have been commonly used to provide various networking services. The service performance often improves significantly if a relay is selected appropriately based on its network location. In this paper, we studied the location-aware relay discovery and selection problem for large-scale P2P streaming networks. In these large-scale and dynamic overlays, it incurs significant communication and computation cost to discover a sufficiently large relay candidate set and further to select one relay with good performance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409692/validation-and-norming-of-the-intelligibility-in-context-scale-in-northern-viet-nam
#17
Ben Phạm, Sharynne McLeod, Linda J Harrison
Vietnamese is one of the 20 most commonly spoken languages in the world; however, there are no standardised tools to assess Vietnamese children's speech. This study aimed to validate and norm the Vietnamese version of the Intelligibility in Context Scale (ICS-VN). Data were collected from parents of 181 children (aged 2;0-5;11) living in Ha Noi, Northern Viet Nam. The mean ICS-VN score was 4.43 (out of a maximum of 5), indicating that children were 'usually' to 'always' intelligible; however, item-level scores demonstrated significant differences between communication partners...
April 14, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406337/inhaled-corticosteroid-use-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-risk-of-pneumonia-a-nested-case-control-population-based-study-in-lazio-italy-the-outpul-study
#18
Silvia Cascini, Ursula Kirchmayer, Valeria Belleudi, Lisa Bauleo, Riccardo Pistelli, Mirko Di Martino, Giulio Formoso, Marina Davoli, Nera Agabiti
Inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) use in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients is associated with a reduction of exacerbations and a potential risk of pneumonia. The objective was to determine if ICS use, with or without long-acting β2-agonist, increases pneumonia risk in COPD patients. A cohort study was performed using linked hospital and drug prescription databases in the Lazio region. Patients (45+) discharged with COPD in 2006-2009 were enrolled and followed from cohort entry until first admission for pneumonia, death or study end, 31 December, 2012...
April 13, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403630/metastatic-internal-mammary-lymph-nodes-or-mimickers-on-parasternal-ultrasonography-focusing-on-their-distribution-and-depth
#19
Chae Jin Jeong, Jung Min Bae, So Yoon Park, Boo-Kyung Han, Eun Sook Ko, Eun Young Ko
Background Ultrasonography (US) is an important tool to evaluate the status of internal mammary lymph node (IMN). US features of metastatic IMNs could help determine when biopsy should be performed. Purpose To compare US features of metastatic IMNs to those of benign entities. Material and Methods In women with suspected IMN metastasis on US, their intercostal space (ICS) abnormalities were classified into metastatic IMN, benign IMN, and lymph node (LN) mimickers. US features, distribution, and depth of abnormalities in one ICS and involved ICS level were analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395575/safety-of-inhaled-long-acting-anti-muscarinic-agents-in-copd
#20
Nicola A Hanania, Suzanne C Lareau, Barbara P Yawn
Evidence-based guidelines recommend inhaled long-acting anti-muscarinic agents (LAMAs) as first-line maintenance therapy for symptomatic patients with COPD. Several LAMAs are now available for use either as monotherapy or in combination with other COPD medications, including long-acting β2-agonists (LABAs) or inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). The efficacy and long-term safety of these medications have been evaluated in multiple clinical trials and real-life studies. This review evaluates the evidence available on the safety of existing LAMAs alone or in combination with LABAs and ICS in patients with COPD...
April 20, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
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