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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933614/antiviral-agents-for-infectious-mononucleosis-glandular-fever
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REVIEW
Muireann De Paor, Kirsty O'Brien, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a clinical syndrome, usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EPV), characterised by lymphadenopathy, fever and sore throat. Most cases of symptomatic IM occur in older teenagers or young adults. Usually IM is a benign self-limiting illness and requires only symptomatic treatment. However, occasionally the disease course can be complicated or prolonged and lead to decreased productivity in terms of school or work. Antiviral medications have been used to treat IM, but the use of antivirals for IM is controversial...
December 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933560/familiarity-increases-the-number-of-remembered-pok%C3%A3-mon-in-visual-short-term-memory
#2
Weizhen Xie, Weiwei Zhang
Long-term memory (LTM) can influence many aspects of short-term memory (STM), including increased STM span. However, it is unclear whether LTM enhances the quantitative or qualitative aspect of STM. That is, do we retain a larger number of representations or more precise representations in STM for familiar stimuli than unfamiliar stimuli? This study took advantage of participants' prior rich multimedia experience with Pokémon, without investing on laboratory training to examine how prior LTM influenced visual STM...
December 8, 2016: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932683/survival-of-bacteria-of-laboratory-animal-origin-on-cage-bedding-and-inactivation-by-hydrogen-peroxide-vapour
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Laurentiu Benga, W Peter M Benten, Eva Engelhardt, Christina Gougoula, Roland Schulze-Röbbecke, Martin Sager
This study aims to determine the ability of laboratory animal bacteria to resist desiccation and inactivation by hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) on paper bedding pieces. Bedding pieces were saturated with bacterial suspensions in water or 2% (w/v) bovine serum albumin (BSA) in water, and held in a mouse facility. Viable counts showed variable survival rates over time for the bacterial species used ([Pasteurella] pneumotropica, Muribacter muris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter redioresistens, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella oxytoca, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Bordetella hinzii, Enterococcus faecalis, β-haemolytic Streptococcus spp...
December 8, 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932620/dissecting-antibodies-induced-by-a-chimeric-yellow-fever-dengue-live-attenuated-tetravalent-dengue-vaccine-cyd-tdv-in-na%C3%A3-ve-and-dengue-exposed-individuals
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Sandra Henein, Jesica Swanstrom, Anthony M Byers, Janice M Moser, S Farzana Shaik, Matthew Bonaparte, Nicholas Jackson, Bruno Guy, Ralph Baric, Aravinda M de Silva
Sanofi Pasteur has developed a chimeric yellow fever-dengue, live-attenuated, tetravalent dengue vaccine (CYD-TDV) that is currently approved for use in several countries. In clinical trials, CYD-TDV was efficacious at reducing laboratory-confirmed cases of dengue disease. Efficacy varied by dengue virus (DENV) serotype and pre-vaccination dengue immune status. We compared the properties of antibodies in naïve and DENV exposed individuals who received CYD-TDV. We depleted specific populations of DENV-reactive antibodies from immune sera to estimate the contribution of serotype-cross reactive and type-specific antibodies to neutralization...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932261/does-adding-clinical-data-to-administrative-data-improve-agreement-among-hospital-quality-measures
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Amresh D Hanchate, Kelly L Stolzmann, Amy K Rosen, Aaron S Fink, Michael Shwartz, Arlene S Ash, Hassen Abdulkerim, Mary Jo V Pugh, Priti Shokeen, Ann Borzecki
BACKGROUND: Hospital performance measures based on patient mortality and readmission have indicated modest rates of agreement. We examined if combining clinical data on laboratory tests and vital signs with administrative data leads to improved agreement with each other, and with other measures of hospital performance in the nation's largest integrated health care system. METHODS: We used patient-level administrative and clinical data, and hospital-level data on quality indicators, for 2007-2010 from the Veterans Health Administration (VA)...
December 5, 2016: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932143/report-from-the-first-and-second-spanish-killer-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-genotyping-workshops-external-quality-control-for-natural-killer-alloreactive-donor-selection-in-haploidentical-stem-cell-transplantation
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D Planelles, C Vilches, F González-Escribano, M Muro, R González-Fernández, F Sánchez, J Gonzalo Ocejo, A Eiras, J L Caro, E Palou, J A Campillo, M D de Juan, O Montes, A Balas, L Marín, A Torío, M Fernández-Arquero, C González-Roiz, A López-Vázquez, E Cisneros, C Abad-Molina, R López, M L Abad-Alastruey, C Serra, A M García-Alonso, J L Vicario
An important factor affecting the success in the setting of related haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the graft-versus-leukemia effect mediated by natural killer (NK) cells when the donor displays NK alloreactivity versus the recipient. NK cell function is regulated by killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) and it has been described that donor KIR genotype influences transplantation outcome. This has led to a requirement of laboratories to have a quality assurance program for validation and control of their KIR genotyping methods...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928862/first-trimester-pregnancy-loss-clinical-implications-of-genetic-testing
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REVIEW
Diana Massalska, Janusz Grzegorz Zimowski, Julia Bijok, Magdalena Pawelec, Małgorzata Czubak-Barlik, Grzegorz Jakiel, Tomasz Roszkowski
Around 10-15% of pregnancies result in a spontaneous first trimester miscarriage, which is most frequently caused by chromosomal abnormalities, mainly aneuploidies. Genetic analysis of pregnancy loss includes conventional G-banding karyotyping and various molecular methods. Apart from variable methodological limitations, the effectiveness of genetic analysis depends on the type and quality of the tested sample. To improve the reliability of genetic testing, we present methods of appropriate collection and pre-laboratory preparation of chorionic villi from first trimester miscarriage...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928500/recent-advances-in-understanding-and-managing-psoriatic-arthritis
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REVIEW
Dafna D Gladman
This article reviews recent advances in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) over the past several years with emphasis on early diagnosis, better understanding of pathogenesis, and new therapeutic approaches. Early diagnosis is important, since people who present late do not fare as well. There are a number of clinical, laboratory, and ultrasound features that can help identify patients destined to develop PsA, and several screening tools have been developed. It is recognized that genetic and epigenetic factors, as well as T cells and cytokines, play a role in the pathogenesis of PsA, and several targets have been identified for therapeutic interventions...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927843/risk-of-childhood-mortality-in-family-members-of-men-with-poor-semen-quality
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Heidi A Hanson, Erik N Mayer, Ross E Anderson, Kenneth I Aston, Douglas T Carrell, Justin Berger, William T Lowrance, Ken R Smith, James M Hotaling
STUDY QUESTION: What is the familial childhood mortality in first-degree (FDR) and second-degree relatives (SDR) of patients undergoing semen analysis (SA)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The relationship between infertility and congenital malformations (CM) in offspring is complex, with an increased risk of death due to CM in FDR, but not SDR, of men with lower semen parameters. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Semen quality is an established predictor of men's somatic health...
December 6, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926663/the-impact-of-value-based-healthcare-for-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-on-healthcare-utilization-a-pilot-study
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Welmoed K van Deen, Arlen Spiro, A Burak Ozbay, Martha Skup, Adriana Centeno, Natalie E Duran, Precious N Lacey, Darius Jatulis, Eric Esrailian, Martijn G H van Oijen, Daniel W Hommes
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Value-based healthcare (VBHC) is considered to be the solution that will improve quality and decrease costs in healthcare. Many hospitals are implementing programs on the basis of this strategy, but rigorous scientific reports are still lacking. In this pilot study, we present the first-year outcomes of a VBHC program for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) management that focuses on highly coordinated care, task differentiation of providers, and continuous home monitoring...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926449/the-role-of-dopamine-in-the-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-apathy
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T T-J Chong, M Husain
Disorders of diminished motivation, such as apathy, are common and prevalent across a wide range of medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, stroke, depression, and schizophrenia. Such disorders have a significant impact on morbidity and quality of life, yet their management lacks consensus and remains unsatisfactory. Here, we review laboratory and clinical evidence for the use of dopaminergic therapies in the treatment of apathy. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that regulates motivated decision making in humans and other species...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922482/evolution-of-quality-assurance-for-clinical-immunohistochemistry-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine-part-1-fit-for-purpose-approach-to-classification-of-clinical-immunohistochemistry-biomarkers
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Carol C Cheung, Corrado D'Arrigo, Manfred Dietel, Glenn D Francis, C Blake Gilks, Jacqueline A Hall, Jason L Hornick, Merdol Ibrahim, Antonio Marchetti, Keith Miller, J Han van Krieken, Soren Nielsen, Paul E Swanson, Clive R Taylor, Mogens Vyberg, Xiaoge Zhou, Emina E Torlakovic
Technical progress in immunohistochemistry (IHC) as well as the increased utility of IHC for biomarker testing in precision medicine avails us of the opportunity to reassess clinical IHC as a laboratory test and its proper characterization as a special type of immunoassay. IHC, as used in current clinical applications, is a descriptive, qualitative, cell-based, usually nonlinear, in situ protein immunoassay, for which the readout of the results is principally performed by pathologists rather than by the instruments on which the immunoassay is performed...
January 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922179/a-carbon-dioxide-stripping-model-for-mammalian-cell-culture-in-manufacturing-scale-bioreactors
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Zizhuo Xing, Amanda M Lewis, Michael C Borys, Zheng Jian Li
Control of carbon dioxide within the optimum range is important in mammalian bioprocesses at the manufacturing scale in order to ensure robust cell growth, high protein yields, and consistent quality attributes. The majority of bioprocess development work is done in laboratory bioreactors, in which carbon dioxide levels are more easily controlled. Some challenges in carbon dioxide control can present themselves when cell culture processes are scaled up, because carbon dioxide accumulation is a common feature due to longer gas-residence time of mammalian cell culture in large scale bioreactors...
December 6, 2016: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921251/skin-manifestations-of-insulin-resistance-from-a-biochemical-stance-to-a-clinical-diagnosis-and-management
#14
REVIEW
Gloria González-Saldivar, René Rodríguez-Gutiérrez, Jorge Ocampo-Candiani, José Gerardo González-González, Minerva Gómez-Flores
Worldwide, more than 1.9 billion adults are overweight, and around 600 million people suffer from obesity. Similarly, ~382 million individuals live with diabetes, and 40-50% of the global population is labeled at "high risk" (i.e., prediabetes). The impact of these two chronic conditions relies not only on the burden of illnesses per se (i.e., associated increased morbidity and mortality), but also on their increased cost, burden of treatment, and decreased health-related quality of life. For this review a comprehensive search in several databases including PubMed (MEDLINE), Ovid EMBASE, Web of Science, and Scopus was conducted...
December 5, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919520/the-nanjing-glycated-hemoglobin-standardization-program-2012-to-2015
#15
Kui Zhang, Yan Wang, Hongxia Wei, Zhiye Xu
PURPOSE: This study aims to investigate glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), between-laboratory imprecision (%CV), and pass rates from 2012 to 2015 in Nanjing to provide evidence for improving the HbA1c measurement. METHODS: This was a retrospective, descriptive analysis of HbA1c levels obtained from participating hospitals in Nanjing from 2012 to 2015. The HbA1c levels of fresh whole blood samples taken from healthy and diabetic adults were determined within 24 hours...
December 2, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918253/placental-growth-factor-alone-or-in-combination-with-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-an-aid-to-the-assessment-of-women-with-suspected-pre-eclampsia-systematic-review-and-economic-analysis
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Geoff K Frampton, Jeremy Jones, Micah Rose, Liz Payne
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) prediction based on blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, symptoms and laboratory test abnormalities can result in false-positive diagnoses. This may lead to unnecessary antenatal admissions and preterm delivery. Blood tests that measure placental growth factor (PlGF) or the ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to PlGF could aid prediction of PE if either were added to routine clinical assessment or used as a replacement for proteinuria testing...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918188/the-effectiveness-of-couple-therapy-clinical-outcomes-in-a-naturalistic-united-kingdom-setting
#17
David Hewison, Polly Casey, Naomi Mwamba
Couple therapy outcomes tend to be judged by randomized controlled trial evidence, which comes primarily from the United States. United Kingdom and European outcome studies have tended to be naturalistic and there is a debate as to whether "laboratory" (RCT) studies are useful benchmarks for the outcomes of "clinic" (naturalistic) studies, not least because the therapies tested in the RCTs are hardly used in these settings. The current paper surveys the naturalistic studies in the literature and presents results from a U...
December 2016: Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917770/evaluating-point-of-care-testing-for-glycosylated-haemoglobin-in-public-sector-primary-care-facilities-in-the-western-cape-south-africa
#18
R Mash, A Ugoagwu, C Vos, M Rensburg, R Erasmus
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus contributes significantly to the burden of disease in South Africa (SA). Monitoring of glycaemic control with glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) is recommended, even though current laboratory-based testing does not support immediate clinical decision-making. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the costs and consequences for quality of care by introducing point-of-care (POC) testing for HbA1c for patients with type 2 diabetes at community health centres in Cape Town, SA...
December 1, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917673/-first-attempts-in-the-introduction-of-cryopreservation-of-ovarian-tissues
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Péter Fancsovits, János Urbancsek, László Fónyad, Anna Sebestyén, Gézáné Csorba, Ádám Lehner, Zita Kaszás, János Rigó, Attila Bokor
INTRODUCTION: The oncological treatment may damage ovarian function. To prevent this, it is possible to cryopreserve the ovarian tissue, and to keep the samples for long-term storage. The frozen-thawed tissue could be retransplanted after chemo- or radiotherapy. AIM: The aim of our study was to examine the effect of cryopreservation on the viability of ovarian tissue. METHOD: We analyzed the survival of frozen-thawed donated ovarian tissues...
December 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917177/progress-on-optimizing-miscanthus-biomass-production-for-the-european-bioeconomy-results-of-the-eu-fp7-project-optimisc
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Iris Lewandowski, John Clifton-Brown, Luisa M Trindade, Gerard C van der Linden, Kai-Uwe Schwarz, Karl Müller-Sämann, Alexander Anisimov, C-L Chen, Oene Dolstra, Iain S Donnison, Kerrie Farrar, Simon Fonteyne, Graham Harding, Astley Hastings, Laurie M Huxley, Yasir Iqbal, Nikolay Khokhlov, Andreas Kiesel, Peter Lootens, Heike Meyer, Michal Mos, Hilde Muylle, Chris Nunn, Mensure Özgüven, Isabel Roldán-Ruiz, Heinrich Schüle, Ivan Tarakanov, Tim van der Weijde, Moritz Wagner, Qingguo Xi, Olena Kalinina
This paper describes the complete findings of the EU-funded research project OPTIMISC, which investigated methods to optimize the production and use of miscanthus biomass. Miscanthus bioenergy and bioproduct chains were investigated by trialing 15 diverse germplasm types in a range of climatic and soil environments across central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, and China. The abiotic stress tolerances of a wider panel of 100 germplasm types to drought, salinity, and low temperatures were measured in the laboratory and a field trial in Belgium...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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