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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164489/antimicrobial-stewardship-opportunities-in-critically-ill-patients-with-gram-negative-lower-respiratory-tract-infections-a-multicenter-cross-sectional-analysis
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Kimberly C Claeys, Evan J Zasowski, Trang D Trinh, Abdalhamid M Lagnf, Susan L Davis, Michael J Rybak
INTRODUCTION: Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) are a major cause of morbidity and death. Because of changes in how LRTIs are defined coupled with the increasing prevalence of drug resistance, there is a gap in knowledge regarding the current burden of antimicrobial use for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-defined LRTIs. We describe the infection characteristics, antibiotic consumption, and clinical and economic outcomes of patients with Gram-negative (GN) LRTIs treated in intensive care units (ICUs)...
November 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162595/predicting-outcome-in-patients-with-anti-gbm-glomerulonephritis
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Emma E van Daalen, J Charles Jennette, Stephen P McAdoo, Charles D Pusey, Marco A Alba, Caroline J Poulton, Ron Wolterbeek, Tri Q Nguyen, Roel Goldschmeding, Bassam Alchi, Meryl Griffiths, Janak R de Zoysa, Beula Vincent, Jan A Bruijn, Ingeborg M Bajema
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Large studies on long-term kidney outcome in patients with anti-glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM) GN are lacking. This study aimed to identify clinical and histopathologic parameters that predict kidney outcome in these patients. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: This retrospective analysis included a total of 123 patients with anti-GBM GN between 1986 and 2015 from six centers worldwide. Their kidney biopsy samples were classified according to the histopathologic classification for ANCA-associated GN...
November 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157323/prevalence-and-factors-associated-with-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-organisms-in-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Charlesnika T Evans, Margaret A Fitzpatrick, Makoto M Jones, Stephen P Burns, Linda Poggensee, Swetha Ramanathan, Sherri L LaVela, Nasia Safdar, Katie J Suda
OBJECTIVE Infections caused by multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms (MDRGNOs) have been increasing every year. The objective of this study was to describe the prevalence of MDRGNOs and factors associated with MDRGNOs in patients with spinal cord injury or disorder (SCI/D). DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. METHODS Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) electronic health record data from 142 VA facilities were evaluated for 19,642 patients with SCI/D. Multivariable cluster-adjusted models were fit to identify factors associated with MDRGNO...
November 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156817/near-infrared-photothermal-therapy-using-anti-egfr-gold-nanorod-conjugates-for-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Meihua Zhang, Hoe Suk Kim, Tiefeng Jin, Jisu Woo, Yin Ji Piao, Woo Kyung Moon
Current EGFR-targeted therapy for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) has produced disappointing results. A rational therapeutic strategy to improve EGFR-targeted treatment for TNBC is therefore needed. In this study we evaluated the feasibility of treating TNBC using photoacoustic imaging (PAI)-guided near-infrared photothermal therapy (NIR-PTT) with anti-EGFR-conjugated gold nanorods (anti-EGFR-GN). NIR-PTT combined with anti-EGFR-GN exerted synergistic anti-proliferative and apoptotic actions through upregulation of HSP70 and cleaved caspase-3, downregulation of Ki-67 and EGFR, and inhibition of several intracellular signaling molecules (mTOR, AKT, ERK1/2 and FAK)...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156008/urinalysis-for-the-diagnosis-of-glomerulonephritis-role-of-dysmorphic-red-blood-cells
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Abdurrahman M Hamadah, Kamel Gharaibeh, Kristin C Mara, Katherine A Thompson, John C Lieske, Samar Said, Samih H Nasr, Nelson Leung
Background: Dysmorphic red blood cells (dRBCs) on urine microscopy have been associated with glomerulonephritis (GN). We assessed the prevalence and ability of dRBCs to differentiate GN from other kidney diseases. Methods: Adult patients with kidney biopsy performed between 2012 and 2015 at a single center who had a concurrent urinalysis were retrospectively studied. The association of ≥25% dRBCs with the presence of glomerular pathology was assessed. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression were performed on significantly associated variables...
October 6, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154553/a-randomized-trial-of-female-specific-cognitive-behavior-therapy-for-alcohol-dependent-women
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Elizabeth E Epstein, Barbara S McCrady, Kevin A Hallgren, Sharon Cook, Noelle K Jensen, Thomas Hildebrandt
This study compared Female-Specific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (FS-CBT) to evidence-based, gender-neutral CBT (GN-CBT; Epstein & McCrady, 2009) for women with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Women (N = 99) with AUD, mean age 48, were randomly assigned to 12 outpatient manual-guided sessions of FS-CBT (n = 44) or GN-CBT (n = 55). Women were assessed at baseline and 3, 9 and 15 months after baseline for drinking and for specific issues common among women with AUD. A FS-CBT protocol was developed that was discriminable on treatment integrity ratings from GN-CBT...
November 20, 2017: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152085/the-effect-of-human-chorionic-gonadotrophin-contained-in-human-menopausal-gonadotropin-on-the-clinical-outcomes-during-progestin-primed-ovarian-stimulation
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Xiuxian Zhu, Jing Ye, Yonglun Fu, Ai Ai, Renfei Cai, Yun Wang, Qingging Hong, Tian Hui, Qifeng Lyu, Qiuju Chen, Yanping Kuang
Progestin-primed ovarian stimulation (PPOS) protocol has recently been demonstrated to be an novel regimen for preventing premature LH surges during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) in combination with frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET). Our prospective controlled study was to explore the effect of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) contained in human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG) on the clinical outcomes in normalovulatory women undergoing COH with PPOS. A total of 180 patients were allocated into three groups according to the gonadotropin (Gn) used: group A (human menopausal gonadotropin, hMG-A), group B (hMG-B) or group C (follicle stimulating hormone, FSH)...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151252/dominant-c3-glomerulopathy-new-roles-for-an-old-actor-in-renal-pathology
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REVIEW
Nicola Pirozzi, Antonella Stoppacciaro, Paolo Menè
Recently, a number of reports have described dominant C3 deposits in renal biopsies of patients with infection-related glomerulonephritis (GN). While acute post-infectious GN and membranoproliferative GN are commonly characterized by immune deposits containing C3 and/or C4, the absence of immunoglobulin (Ig) and/or immune complexes at light or electron microscopy is a rather unusual observation. Dominant C3 deposition is believed to result from the alternative pathway of complement activation via the C3bBb "tickover" convertase...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148641/ganglioneuroma-of-the-neck-a-case-report
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Woubedel Kiflu, Tihitena Negussie
Ganglioneuroma (GN) is benign tumor arising from sympathetic ganglion which commonly occurs at posterior mediastinum, retroperitoneum and adrenal gland. Rarely, it may also present in cervical region as slow growing painless neck mass. Here we present a 7 years old female child with 4 years duration of slow growing left lateral neck mass. After proper investigations the patient was prepared & taken to the operation room for complete excision of the mass. Post operation biopsy settled the definitive diagnosis as Ganglioneuroma...
January 2017: Ethiopian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143916/a-real-world-comparison-of-folfirinox-gemcitabine-plus-nab-paclitaxel-and-gemcitabine-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancers
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Ying Wang, Pierre Camateros, Winson Y Cheung
PURPOSE: FOLFIRINOX (FFN), nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine (GN), and gemcitabine are three systemic therapies that provide clinically meaningful benefit to patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer (UPC). There are no clinical trials that directly compare the efficacy of all three regimens. In this study, we aim to examine and compare the real-world effectiveness of these treatments. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with UPC who initiated palliative chemotherapy from August 2014 to January 2016 at any one of six cancer centers in British Columbia were identified from the provincial pharmacy...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137888/comparative-effects-of-graphene-and-graphene-oxide-on-copper-toxicity-to-daphnia-magna-role-of-surface-oxygenic-functional-groups
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Yingying Liu, Wenhong Fan, Zhizhen Xu, Weihua Peng, Shenglian Luo
Although the risk of graphene materials to aquatic organisms has drawn wide attention, the combined effects of graphene materials with other contaminants such as toxic metals, which may bring about more serious effects than graphene materials alone, have seldom been explored. Herein, the effects of graphene (GN) and graphene oxide (GO, an important oxidized derivative of graphene) on copper (Cu) toxicity to Daphnia magna were systematically investigated. The results indicated that GN remarkably increased the Cu accumulation in D...
November 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136299/malignancy-in-renal-transplant-recipients-exposed-to-cyclophosphamide-prior-to-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-native-glomerular-disease
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M R Jorgenson, J L Descourouez, T Singh, Brad C Astor, Sarah E Panzer
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the risk of post-transplantation malignancy in renal transplant recipients exposed to pre-transplantation cyclophosphamide for treatment of glomerular nephropathy (GN). DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Tertiary academic medical center. PATIENTS: Six hundred adult renal transplant recipients transplanted between 1993 and 2014; 54 patients were exposed to pre-transplantation cyclophosphamide for treatment of GN (GN-CYC group), and 546 patients with polycystic kidney disease were not exposed to pre-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PKD group)...
November 14, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135686/cortical-correlates-of-binaural-temporal-processing-deficits-in-older-adults
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Ann Clock Eddins, David A Eddins
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to evaluate binaural temporal processing in young and older adults using a binaural masking level difference (BMLD) paradigm. Using behavioral and electrophysiological measures within the same listeners, a series of stimulus manipulations was used to evaluate the relative contribution of binaural temporal fine-structure and temporal envelope cues. We evaluated the hypotheses that age-related declines in the BMLD task would be more strongly associated with temporal fine-structure than envelope cues and that age-related declines in behavioral measures would be correlated with cortical auditory evoked potential (CAEP) measures...
November 9, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123942/mode-of-managing-nutrient-solution-based-on-n-use-efficiency-for-lettuce-lactuca-sativa-l
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Ibraimo Teleha Chabite, Zhang Lei, Yao Ningning, Fu Qiang, Yu Haiye
In aeroponic cultivation the nutrient solution is an essential component to achieve good production results. And nitrogen is the main constituent element of the nutrient solution and essential element in plant nutrition. Therefore, the management and monitoring nutrient solution and existing nitrogen is fundamental. The experiment shows that three modes of replacing the nutrient solution and three initial pH values and their interaction significantly influenced the fresh weight and dry matter of lettuce. The highest values of fresh and dry weight were recorded in the fifth treatment where there is an interaction between pH 6 and the mode of replacing half of the nutrient solution...
2017: J Food Sci Eng
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122570/relationships-between-facial-divergence-and-dmd-parameters
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Abdelali Halimi, Hicham Benyahia, Mohamed-Faouzi Azeroual, Loubna Bahije, Fatima Zaoui
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between facial divergence and the parameters of dentomaxillary discrepancy (DMD), in particular crowding, the curve of Spee and the position of the incisors in the sagittal dimension. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 90 young adult patients was selected from among the Moroccan orthodontic population attending the dentofacial orthopedic department and satisfying the following inclusion criteria: complete permanent dentition and a skeletal class I pattern with no previous orthodontic treatment, no crossbite, no periodontal disease, no mandibular asymmetry and no condylodiscal disunion...
November 6, 2017: International Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117225/genomic-comparison-between-staphylococcus-aureus-gn-strains-clinically-isolated-from-a-familial-infection-case-is1272-transposition-through-a-novel-inverted-repeat-replacing-mechanism
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Tsai-Wen Wan, Wataru Higuchi, Olga E Khokhlova, Wei-Chun Hung, Yasuhisa Iwao, Masataka Wakayama, Noriyoshi Inomata, Tomomi Takano, Yu-Tzu Lin, Olga V Peryanova, Kenji K Kojima, Alla B Salmina, Lee-Jene Teng, Tatsuo Yamamoto
A bacterial insertion sequence (IS) is a mobile DNA sequence carrying only the transposase gene (tnp) that acts as a mutator to disrupt genes, alter gene expressions, and cause genomic rearrangements. "Canonical" ISs have historically been characterized by their terminal inverted repeats (IRs), which may form a stem-loop structure, and duplications of a short (non-IR) target sequence at both ends, called target site duplications (TSDs). The IS distributions and virulence potentials of Staphylococcus aureus genomes in familial infection cases are unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114699/glomerulonephritis-disease-pattern-at-saudi-tertiary-care-center
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Khalid I AlMatham, Ali F AlFayez, Raghdah A AlHarthi, Falah S AlMutairi, Fahad S Alrasheedi, Abdulrehman Mustafa, Mustafa Ahmed, Basim A AlMatouq, Fadil A AlRowaei
To assess changes in the pattern of glomerular diseases to help guide optimal allocation of resources, to focus future reasearch, and improve outcomes. Methods: A retrospective chart review was conducted on kidney biopsies taken between 2007 and 2016 at a single tertiary care center in Saudi Arabia (King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh) to evaluate the prevalence and pattern of glomerulonephritis (GN). Results: The most common primary GN in 102 biopsies from adult patients with a mean age of 28.9 ± 13.6 years and 40...
November 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114065/bim-suppresses-the-development-of-sle-by-limiting-myeloid-inflammatory-responses
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FuNien Tsai, Philip J Homan, Hemant Agrawal, Alexander V Misharin, Hiam Abdala-Valencia, G Kenneth Haines, Salina Dominguez, Christina L Bloomfield, Rana Saber, Anthony Chang, Chandra Mohan, Jack Hutcheson, Anne Davidson, G R Scott Budinger, Philippe Bouillet, Andrea Dorfleutner, Christian Stehlik, Deborah R Winter, Carla M Cuda, Harris Perlman
The Bcl-2 family is considered the guardian of the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. We demonstrate that Bim acts as a molecular rheostat by controlling macrophage function not only in lymphoid organs but also in end organs, thereby preventing the break in tolerance. Mice lacking Bim in myeloid cells (LysM(Cre)Bim(fl/fl)) develop a systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-like disease that mirrors aged Bim(-/-) mice, including loss of marginal zone macrophages, splenomegaly, lymphadenopathy, autoantibodies (including anti-DNA IgG), and a type I interferon signature...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114004/dysproteinemias-and-glomerular-disease
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Nelson Leung, Maria E Drosou, Samih H Nasr
Dysproteinemia is characterized by the overproduction of an Ig by clonal expansion of cells from the B cell lineage. The resultant monoclonal protein can be composed of the entire Ig or its components. Monoclonal proteins are increasingly recognized as a contributor to kidney disease. They can cause injury in all areas of the kidney, including the glomerular, tubular, and vascular compartments. In the glomerulus, the major mechanism of injury is deposition. Examples of this include Ig amyloidosis, monoclonal Ig deposition disease, immunotactoid glomerulopathy, and cryoglobulinemic GN specifically from types 1 and 2 cryoglobulins...
November 7, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109168/risk-factors-and-outcomes-for-ineffective-empiric-treatment-in-gram-negative-sepsis-stratification-by-onset-of-infection
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Scott T Micek, Nicholas Hampton, Marin Kollef
Sepsis and septic shock remain serious infections with reported mortality rates in excess of forty percent. Timely antibiotic therapy in sepsis and septic shock is recognized as an important determinant of outcome. However, the administration of ineffective empiric treatment (IET) (an initial antibiotic regimen that is not active against the identified pathogen(s) based on in vitro susceptibility testing) is associated with excess mortality compared to effective empiric treatment (EET). We examined all hospitalized patients between January 2010 and October 2015 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital with the presence of a sterile site (blood, or pleural, abdominal, cerebrospinal, synovial, and pericardial fluid) culture positive for Gram-negative (GN) bacteria combined with primary or secondary ICD-9-CM codes for severe sepsis (995...
November 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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