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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651293/-tuberculosis-guideline-for-adults-guideline-for-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-tuberculosis-including-ltbi-testing-and-treatment-of-the-german-central-committee-dzk-and-the-german-respiratory-society-dgp
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Tom Schaberg, Torsten Bauer, Folke Brinkmann, Roland Diel, Cornelia Feiterna-Sperling, Walter Haas, Pia Hartmann, Barbara Hauer, Jan Heyckendorf, Christoph Lange, Albert Nienhaus, Ralf Otto-Knapp, Martin Priwitzer, Elvira Richter, Rudolf Rumetshofer, Karl Schenkel, Otto Dagobert Schoch, Nicolas Schönfeld, Ralf Stahlmann
Since 2015 a significant increase in tuberculosis cases is notified in Germany, mostly due to rising numbers of migrants connected to the recent refugee crisis. Because of the low incidence in previous years, knowledge on tuberculosis is more and more limited to specialized centers. However, lung specialist and healthcare workers of other fields have contact to an increasing number of tuberculosis patients. In this situation, guidance for the management of standard therapy and especially for uncommon situations will be essential...
June 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651289/a-validated-method-for-the-quality-control-of-andrographis-paniculata-preparations
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Anastasia Karioti, Patricia Timoteo, Maria Camilla Bergonzi, Anna Rita Bilia
Andrographis paniculata is a herbal drug of Asian traditional medicine largely employed for the treatment of several diseases. Recently, it has been introduced in Europe for the prophylactic and symptomatic treatment of common cold and as an ingredient of dietary supplements. The active principles are diterpenes with andrographolide as the main representative. In the present study, an analytical protocol was developed for the determination of the main constituents in the herb and preparations of A. paniculata...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651147/desalinated-drinking-water-in-the-gcc-countries-the-need-to-address-consumer-perceptions
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Basem Shomar, Jalal Hawari
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries consist of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. These countries depend mainly on seawater desalination to meet their water needs. Although great emphasis is given to characterize desalinated water for its physicochemical and microbial properties, e.g. presence of metals, other organic contaminants and for bacteria, sensorial characteristics including smell, taste and color have not received the same attention. This is possibly attributed to the fact that inhabitants of GCC States do not use desalinated tap water for drinking consumption, rather they depend on locally produced or imported bottled water where color, taste and odor are not problematic...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650966/insecticide-resistance-to-permethrin-and-malathion-and-associated-mechanisms-in-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-from-st-andrew-jamaica
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Sheena Francis, Karla Saavedra-Rodriguez, Rushika Perera, Mark Paine, William C Black, Rupika Delgoda
The emergence of novel diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Jamaica and the Caribbean, has prompted studies on insecticide resistance towards effective management of the vector. Though Jamaica has been using the organophosphate insecticide malathion in its vector control program for more than 30 years, resistance to the pesticide has not been tested in over a decade. We analyzed resistance to malathion and the pyrethroid insecticide, permethrin on mosquitoes collected across St. Andrew, Jamaica, and analyzed the molecular basis of resistance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650965/epigenetic-adaptation-of-the-placental-serotonin-transporter-gene-slc6a4-to-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Sofia Blazevic, Marina Horvaticek, Maja Kesic, Peter Zill, Dubravka Hranilovic, Marina Ivanisevic, Gernot Desoye, Jasminka Stefulj
We tested the hypothesis that gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) alters the DNA methylation pattern of the fetal serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4), and examined the functional relevance of DNA methylation for regulation of the SLC6A4 expression in the human placenta. The study included 50 mother-infant pairs. Eighteen mothers were diagnosed with GDM and 32 had normal glucose tolerance (NGT). All neonates were of normal birth weight and born at term by planned Cesarean section. DNA and RNA were isolated from samples of tissue collected from the fetal side of the placenta immediately after delivery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650932/incremental-value-of-right-atrial-strain-for-early-diagnosis-of-hemodynamic-deterioration-in-pulmonary-hypertension-a-new-noninvasive-tool-for-a-more-comprehensive-diagnostic-paradigma
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Cristina Piccinino, Ailia Giubertoni, Jacopo Zanaboni, Miriam Gravellone, Daniele Sola, Roberta Rosso, Lorena Ferrarotti, Paolo Nicola Marino
AIMS: Increased right atrial size is related to adverse prognosis in pulmonary hypertension. The potential incremental value of right atrial function assessment is still unclear. We tested the relationship between right atrial two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography impairment and hemodynamic, functional and clinical deterioration in patients with pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 36 patients (27 female, 9 male; mean age 68 ± 13 years) with suspected pulmonary hypertension undergoing right heart catheterization and 16 matched controls...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650873/perceptions-of-ambulatory-workflow-changes-in-an-academic-primary-care-setting
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Michael A Hanak, Colleen McDevitt, Daniel P Dunham
As health care moves to a value-based system, the need for team-based models of care becomes increasingly important to adequately address the growing number of clinical quality metrics required of health care providers. Finding ways to better engage certified medical assistants (CMAs) in the process allows providers to focus on more complex tasks while improving the efficiency of each office visit. Although the roles and responsibilities for CMAs across the specialties can vary widely, standardizing the work can be a helpful step in scaling best practices across an institution...
June 23, 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650590/intra-and-interobserver-reproducibility-of-bruch-s-membrane-opening-minimum-rim-width-measurements-with-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography
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Alexandre S C Reis, Camila E S Zangalli, Ricardo Y Abe, André L Silva, Jayme R Vianna, José Paulo C Vasconcellos, Vital P Costa
PURPOSE: To investigate the reproducibility of Bruch's membrane opening minimum rim width (BMO-MRW) and retinal nerve fibre layer thickness (RNFLT) measurements using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Additionally, to investigate the reproducibility of BMO area measurements and fovea to BMO centre (FoBMO) angle. METHODS: Participants were healthy subjects (n = 30) and patients with glaucoma (n = 26). One eye of each participant was scanned to obtain optic nerve head (24 radial B-scans) and peripapillary (one circular B-scan) images by three independent examiners...
June 26, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650483/disease-model-discovery-from-3-328-gene-knockouts-by-the-international-mouse-phenotyping-consortium
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Terrence F Meehan, Nathalie Conte, David B West, Julius O Jacobsen, Jeremy Mason, Jonathan Warren, Chao-Kung Chen, Ilinca Tudose, Mike Relac, Peter Matthews, Natasha Karp, Luis Santos, Tanja Fiegel, Natalie Ring, Henrik Westerberg, Simon Greenaway, Duncan Sneddon, Hugh Morgan, Gemma F Codner, Michelle E Stewart, James Brown, Neil Horner, Melissa Haendel, Nicole Washington, Christopher J Mungall, Corey L Reynolds, Juan Gallegos, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Tania Sorg, Guillaume Pavlovic, Lynette R Bower, Mark Moore, Iva Morse, Xiang Gao, Glauco P Tocchini-Valentini, Yuichi Obata, Soo Young Cho, Je Kyung Seong, John Seavitt, Arthur L Beaudet, Mary E Dickinson, Yann Herault, Wolfgang Wurst, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, K C Kent Lloyd, Ann M Flenniken, Lauryl M J Nutter, Susan Newbigging, Colin McKerlie, Monica J Justice, Stephen A Murray, Karen L Svenson, Robert E Braun, Jacqueline K White, Allan Bradley, Paul Flicek, Sara Wells, William C Skarnes, David J Adams, Helen Parkinson, Ann-Marie Mallon, Steve D M Brown, Damian Smedley
Although next-generation sequencing has revolutionized the ability to associate variants with human diseases, diagnostic rates and development of new therapies are still limited by a lack of knowledge of the functions and pathobiological mechanisms of most genes. To address this challenge, the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium is creating a genome- and phenome-wide catalog of gene function by characterizing new knockout-mouse strains across diverse biological systems through a broad set of standardized phenotyping tests...
June 26, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650356/trending-fibrinolytic-dysregulation-fibrinolysis-shutdown-in-the-days-after-injury-is-associated-with-poor-outcome-in-severely-injured-children
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Christine M Leeper, Matthew D Neal, Christine J McKenna, Barbara A Gaines
OBJECTIVE: To trend fibrinolysis after injury and determine the influence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and massive transfusion on fibrinolysis status. BACKGROUND: Admission fibrinolytic derangement is common in injured children and adults, and is associated with poor outcome. No studies examine fibrinolysis days after injury. METHODS: Prospective study of severely injured children at a level 1 pediatric trauma center. Rapid thromboelastography was obtained on admission and daily for up to 7 days...
July 22, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650336/design-and-content-determination-of-genhuang-dispersible-tablet-herbal-formulation
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Rui-Hua Xin, Ge Liang, Ji-Fang Zheng
The aim of the present study was to optimize the shaping technology of the traditional herbal formula Genhuang dispersible tablets, and also establish a method for content determination. The optimal formulation of Genhuang dispersible tablets was determined based on the results of single factor test and orthogonal design test. The disintegration was used as the main study indicator. The proportion of each adjuvant in the optimal formulation consisted of 40% MCC as bulking agent, 15% PVPP and 7% L-HPC as disintegrant, ethanol as adhesive, CSD as lubricant, preparing the dispersible tablets with wet granulation...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650329/correlation-of-thyroid-antibodies-with-tsh-t3-and-t4-hormones-in-patients-diagnosed-with-autoimmune-thyroid-disorders
#12
Mohammed W Al-Rabia
The serum concentrations of anti-thyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO) and anti-thyroglobulin (anti-TG) antibodies are directly correlate in the induction and diagnosis of autoimmune thyroid disorders (AITDs). Therefore, the evaluation of serum anti-TPO and anti-TG antibodies in relation to thyroid function test parameters including thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), triiodothyronine (T3), and thyroxine (T4). This evaluation would be helpful in early diagnosis of abnormal thyroid function and associated autoimmune thyroid diseases...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650190/a-method-for-characterizing-semantic-and-lexical-properties-of-sentence-completions-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Matthew J Kmiecik, Barry N Rodgers, David M Martinez, Sandra B Chapman, Daniel C Krawczyk
Clinical investigations of individuals with chronic stage traumatic brain injury (TBI) showing mild-to-moderate levels of residual impairment largely use standardized neuropsychological assessments to measure executive functioning. The Hayling Sentence Completion Test (HSCT) relies upon several executive functions but detects cognitive impairments across studies inconsistently. We sought to (a) further characterize sentence completions on the HSCT by quantifying their semantic and lexical properties and (b) investigate cognitive components important for HSCT performance...
June 26, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650149/rplc-hilic-and-sfc-with-mass-spectrometry-polarity-extended-organic-molecule-screening-in-environmental-water-samples
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Stefan Bieber, Giorgia Greco, Sylvia Grosse, Thomas Letzel
Trace organic compounds are important in environmental analysis, because they impact water quality and introduce potential (eco)toxicological effects. Current analytical methods mostly rely on gas chromatography (GC) or reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) coupled with (tandem) mass spectrometry. However, neither method can easily separate very polar molecules. This study presents, two chromatographic separation strategies, a serial RPLC- hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (RPLC-HILIC) coupling and an analytical scale supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) system, and validates their separation effectiveness as polarity-extended chromatographic methods for 274 environmentally relevant compounds...
June 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650097/low-cost-perovskite-solar-cells-employing-dimethoxydiphenylamine-substituted-bistricyclic-aromatic-enes-as-hole-transporting-materials
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Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin, Kasparas Rakstys, Sanghyun Paek, Giulia Grancini, Peng Gao, Vygintas Jankauskas, Abdullah M Asiri
The synthesis, characterization and photovoltaic performance of series of novel molecular hole transporting materials (HTMs) based on bistricyclic aromatic enes (BAEs) are presented. The new derivatives have been obtained following the simple and straightforward two-step procedure from inexpensive starting reagents mimicking the synthetically challenging 9,9'-spirobifluorene moiety of the well-studied spiro-OMeTAD. The novel HTMs are tested in mixed caions and anions perovskite solar cells (PSCs) yielding power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 19...
June 26, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649974/utility-of-sup-13-sup-c-methacetin-breath-test-in-predicting-long-term-survival-of-patients-with-decompensated-cirrhosis
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Segundo Moran, Aline Mina, Ximena Duque, Nayeli Ortiz-Olvera, Gustavo Rodríguez-Leal, Jose Sierra-Ramirez, Roberto Medina, Robertino Mera, Misael Uribe
The 13C-methacetin breath test (13C-MeBT) is a noninvasive tool that allows evaluation of the functional activity of the liver and the prediction of liver cirrhosis. Nevertheless, there is no information on its potential utility to predict long-term survival in patients with liver disease. Methods: Patients with cirrhosis were selected. All patients underwent a complete clinical assessment, standard biochemical tests, and 13C-MeBT at the beginning of the study. Death was recorded during the three years of follow-up...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649950/quantification-of-aortic-valve-calcification-on-contrast-enhanced-ct-of-patients-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Matthias Eberhar, Monika Mastalerz, Thomas Frauenfelder, Felix C Tanner, Francesco Maisano, Fabian Nietlispach, Burkhardt Seifert, Hatem Alkadhi, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen-Kim
AIMS: To develop a formula enabling the quantification of aortic valve calcification (AVC) on contrast-enhanced CT of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: 217 consecutive patients with severe aortic valve stenosis undergoing non-enhanced (NECT) and contrast-enhanced electrocardiography-gated CT angiography (CECT) prior to TAVI were subdivided into a training (n=145) and validation cohort (n=72). AVC was semi-automatically segmented on CECT (AVCCE)...
June 27, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649564/primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-an-update-on-clinical-aspects-genetics-diagnosis-and-future-treatment-strategies
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Virginia Mirra, Claudius Werner, Francesca Santamaria
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an orphan disease (MIM 244400), autosomal recessive inherited, characterized by motile ciliary dysfunction. The estimated prevalence of PCD is 1:10,000 to 1:20,000 live-born children, but true prevalence could be even higher. PCD is characterized by chronic upper and lower respiratory tract disease, infertility/ectopic pregnancy, and situs anomalies, that occur in ≈50% of PCD patients (Kartagener syndrome), and these may be associated with congenital heart abnormalities...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649308/association-between-spirometry-controlled-chest-ct-scores-using-computer-animated-biofeedback-and-clinical-markers-of-lung-disease-in-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Thomas Kongstad, Kent Green, Frederik Buchvald, Marianne Skov, Tania Pressler, Kim Gjerum Nielsen
Background: Computed tomography (CT) of the lungs is the gold standard for assessing the extent of structural changes in the lungs. Spirometry-controlled chest CT (SCCCT) has improved the usefulness of CT by standardising inspiratory and expiratory lung volumes during imaging. This was a single-centre cross-sectional study in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Using SCCCT we wished to investigate the association between the quantity and extent of structural lung changes and pulmonary function outcomes, and prevalence of known CF lung pathogens...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649236/the-validation-and-implications-of-using-whole-genome-sequencing-as-a-replacement-for-traditional-serotyping-for-a-national-salmonella-reference-laboratory
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Chris A Yachison, Catherine Yoshida, James Robertson, John H E Nash, Peter Kruczkiewicz, Eduardo N Taboada, Matthew Walker, Aleisha Reimer, Sara Christianson, Anil Nichani, Celine Nadon
Salmonella serotyping remains the gold-standard tool for the classification of Salmonella isolates and forms the basis of Canada's national surveillance program for this priority foodborne pathogen. Public health officials have been increasingly looking toward whole genome sequencing (WGS) to provide a large set of data from which all the relevant information about an isolate can be mined. However, rigorous validation and careful consideration of potential implications in the replacement of traditional surveillance methodologies with WGS data analysis tools is needed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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