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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913312/crossborder-travel-and-multidrugresistant-tuberculosis-mdrtb-in-europe
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Alberto Matteelli, Rosella Centis, Giorgia Sulis, Marina Tadolini
The number of international migrants worldwide has continued to grow rapidly over the past fifteen years and the trend is expected to continue, making the health matters associated with migration a crucial public health challenges faced by governments and societies. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is a paradigm of transmissible diseases that do not respect borders and poses a multifaceted and complex challenge on migrant health. The guiding principles for the health response are the respect of equity and human rights as well as the accurate analysis of epidemiological trends and determinants of TB in migrants...
November 29, 2016: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906976/a-laboratory-critical-incident-and-error-reporting-system-for-experimental-biomedicine
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Ulrich Dirnagl, Ingo Przesdzing, Claudia Kurreck, Sebastian Major
We here propose the implementation of a simple and effective method to enhance the quality of basic and preclinical academic research: critical incident reporting (CIR). CIR has become a standard in clinical medicine but to our knowledge has never been implemented in the context of academic basic research. We provide a simple, free, open-source software tool for implementing a CIR system in research groups, laboratories, or large institutions (LabCIRS). LabCIRS was developed, tested, and implemented in our multidisciplinary and multiprofessional neuroscience research department...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906860/liquid-biopsy-for-early-detection-of-lung-cancer
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Paul Hofman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The possibility of complete recovery for a lung cancer patient depends on very early diagnosis, as it allows total surgical resection. Screening for this cancer in a high-risk population can be performed using a radiological approach, but this holds a certain number of limitations. Liquid biopsy could become an alternative and complementary screening approach to chest imaging for early diagnosis of lung cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Several circulating biomarkers indicative of lung cancer can be investigated in blood, such as circulating tumor cells, circulating free nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) and proteins...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906163/expression-of-annexin-a10-in-serrated-polyps-predicts-the-development-of-metachronous-serrated-polyps
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Carole Macaron, Rocio Lopez, Rish K Pai, Carol A Burke
OBJECTIVES: The ability to differentiate histological characteristics between serrated polyps (SPs) and make a pathological diagnosis of a sessile serrated polyp (SSP) is highly variable. Recent studies have shown that immunohistochemical (IHC) expression of Annexin A10 (ANXA10) is a marker of a SSP. However, the clinical utility of ANXA10 expression in patients with SPs is unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the utility of ANXA10 expression in SPs in predicting the development of subsequent polyps at follow-up colonoscopy...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900251/salivary-biomarkers-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-an-insight
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T Radhika, Nadeem Jeddy, S Nithya, R M Muthumeenakshi
Oral cancer refers to the malignancies that occur in the oral cavity, lip and pharynx with 90% of oral cancers being squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC). OSCC has the highest mortality ratio compared to other carcinomas. Although oral cavity is easily accessible, most oral cancers are detected at a later stage leading to lower survival rates. Early detection of OSCC is a key factor in improving the prognosis and survival rate of the patient. Rapid advancement in the field of diagnosis has enabled early diagnosis of many potentially malignant conditions even before its clinical manifestations...
November 2016: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899155/comparative-sequence-analysis-of-cyclospora-cayetanensis-apicoplast-genomes-originating-from-diverse-geographical-regions
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Hediye Nese Cinar, Yvonne Qvarnstrom, Yuping Wei-Pridgeon, Wen Li, Fernanda S Nascimento, Michael J Arrowood, Helen R Murphy, AhYoung Jang, Eunje Kim, RaeYoung Kim, Alexandre da Silva, Gopal R Gopinath
BACKGROUND: Cyclospora cayetanensis is an emerging coccidian parasite that causes endemic and epidemic diarrheal disease called cyclosporiasis, and this infection is associated with consumption of contaminated produce or water in developed and developing regions. Food-borne outbreaks of cyclosporiasis have occurred almost every year in the USA since the 1990s. Investigations of these outbreaks are currently hampered due to lack of molecular epidemiological tools for trace back analysis...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898466/genetics-and-genetic-testing-for-glaucoma
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Matthew A Miller, John H Fingert, Daniel I Bettis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In recent decades, investigators have identified numerous genes and genetic factors that cause or contribute risk for glaucoma. These findings have increased our understanding of disease mechanisms, provided us with new diagnostic tools, and may allow for development of improved therapies for glaucoma. However, genetic testing is most useful when it is reserved for appropriate patients. The purpose of this article is to review key points and recent developments regarding the genetics and genetic testing for glaucoma and to provide recommendations for when genetic testing may be warranted...
November 25, 2016: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894704/antenatal-fetal-surveillance-in-multiple-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Dick Oepkes, Marieke Sueters
Multiple pregnancies occur either spontaneously or because of assisted reproduction techniques in 1-3% of pregnancies. The presence of more than one fetus in the womb is associated with a range of possible complications, both for the mother and fetuses. Early detection of these complications followed by timely and appropriate management will reduce the risk of adverse outcomes. The techniques, skills, and experience for timely detection of complications and managing them appropriately require sufficient training and exposure...
September 29, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887777/adamts13-specific-circulating-immune-complexes-as-potential-predictors-of-relapse-in-patients-with-acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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Ilaria Mancini, Barbara Ferrari, Carla Valsecchi, Silvia Pontiggia, Marco Fornili, Elia Biganzoli, Flora Peyvandi
BACKGROUND: Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare thrombotic microangiopathy due to the development of autoantibodies against the VWF-cleaving protease ADAMTS13. ADAMTS13-specific circulating immune complexes (CICs) have been described in patients with acquired TTP, but their clinical relevance remained to be established. The aim of this study was to assess the association between ADAMTS13-specific CICs and ADAMTS13-related measurements, clinical and laboratory markers of disease severity, and occurrence of TTP relapse, in autoimmune TTP patients...
November 22, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887652/limitations-of-malaria-reactive-case-detection-in-an-area-of-low-and-unstable-transmission-on-the-myanmar-thailand-border
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Daniel M Parker, Jordi Landier, Lorenz von Seidlein, Arjen Dondorp, Lisa White, Borimas Hanboonkunupakarn, Richard J Maude, François H Nosten
BACKGROUND: Reactive case detection is an approach that has been proposed as a tool for malaria elimination in low-transmission settings. It is an intuitively justified approach based on the concept of space-time clustering of malaria cases. When an index malaria clinical case is detected, it triggers reactive screening and treatment in the index house and neighbouring houses. However, the efficacy of this approach at varying screening radii and malaria prevalence remains ill defined...
November 25, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881416/metagenomics-of-two-severe-foodborne-outbreaks-provides-diagnostic-signatures-and-signs-of-co-infection-not-attainable-by-traditional-methods
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Andrew D Huang, Chengwei Luo, Angela Pena-Gonzalez, Michael R Weigand, Cheryl Tarr, Konstantinos T Konstantinidis
: Diagnostic testing for foodborne pathogens relies on culture-based techniques that are not rapid enough for real-time disease surveillance and do not give a quantitative picture of pathogen abundance or the response of the natural microbiome. Powerful sequence-based, culture-independent approaches such as shotgun metagenomics could sidestep these limitations, and potentially reveal a pathogen-specific signature on the microbiome that would have implications not only for diagnostics but also for better understanding disease progression and pathogen ecology...
November 23, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880819/risk-assessment-of-patients-undergoing-transfemoral-aortic-valve-implantation-upon-admission-for-post-interventional-intensive-care-and-surveillance-implications-on-short-and-midterm-outcomes
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Fadi Al-Rashid, Philipp Kahlert, Friederike Selge, Heike Hildebrandt, Polycarpos-Christos Patsalis, Matthias Totzeck, Petra Mummel, Tienush Rassaf, Rolf Alexander Jánosi
BACKGROUND: Several studies have found that standard risk scores inaccurately reflect risk in TAVI cohorts. The assessment of mortality risk upon post-interventional ICU admission is important to optimizing clinical management. This study sought to determine outcomes and factors affecting mortality in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), and to analyze and compare the predictive values of SAPS II and EuroSCORE. METHODS AND FINDINGS: 214 consecutive patients treated with transfemoral TAVI (2006-2012) admitted to the ICU in an academic tertiary-care university hospital, were included in this retrospective data analysis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875856/antimicrobial-resistance-surveillance-in-the-genomic-age
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Andrew G McArthur, Kara K Tsang
The loss of effective antimicrobials is reducing our ability to protect the global population from infectious disease. However, the field of antibiotic drug discovery and the public health monitoring of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is beginning to exploit the power of genome and metagenome sequencing. The creation of novel AMR bioinformatics tools and databases and their continued development will advance our understanding of the molecular mechanisms and threat severity of antibiotic resistance, while simultaneously improving our ability to accurately predict and screen for antibiotic resistance genes within environmental, agricultural, and clinical settings...
November 22, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875532/willingness-to-know-the-cause-of-death-and-hypothetical-acceptability-of-the-minimally-invasive-autopsy-in-six-diverse-african-and-asian-settings-a-mixed-methods-socio-behavioural-study
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Maria Maixenchs, Rui Anselmo, Emily Zielinski-Gutiérrez, Frank O Odhiambo, Clarah Akello, Maureen Ondire, S Shujaat H Zaidi, Sajid Bashir Soofi, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Kounandji Diarra, Mahamane Djitèye, Roukiatou Dembélé, Samba Sow, Pamela Cathérine Angoissa Minsoko, Selidji Todagbe Agnandji, Bertrand Lell, Mamudo R Ismail, Carla Carrilho, Jaume Ordi, Clara Menéndez, Quique Bassat, Khátia Munguambe
BACKGROUND: The minimally invasive autopsy (MIA) is being investigated as an alternative to complete diagnostic autopsies for cause of death (CoD) investigation. Before potential implementation of the MIA in settings where post-mortem procedures are unusual, a thorough assessment of its feasibility and acceptability is essential. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a socio-behavioural study at the community level to understand local attitudes and perceptions related to death and the hypothetical feasibility and acceptability of conducting MIAs in six distinct settings in Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, and Pakistan...
November 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875530/validity-of-a-minimally-invasive-autopsy-for-cause-of-death-determination-in-adults-in-mozambique-an-observational-study
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Paola Castillo, Miguel J Martínez, Esperança Ussene, Dercio Jordao, Lucilia Lovane, Mamudo R Ismail, Carla Carrilho, Cesaltina Lorenzoni, Fabiola Fernandes, Rosa Bene, Antonio Palhares, Luiz Ferreira, Marcus Lacerda, Inacio Mandomando, Jordi Vila, Juan Carlos Hurtado, Khátia Munguambe, Maria Maixenchs, Ariadna Sanz, Llorenç Quintó, Eusebio Macete, Pedro Alonso, Quique Bassat, Clara Menéndez, Jaume Ordi
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need to identify tools able to provide reliable information on the cause of death in low-income regions, since current methods (verbal autopsy, clinical records, and complete autopsies) are either inaccurate, not feasible, or poorly accepted. We aimed to compare the performance of a standardized minimally invasive autopsy (MIA) approach with that of the gold standard, the complete diagnostic autopsy (CDA), in a series of adults who died at Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique...
November 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862832/risk-stratification-a-tool-to-predict-the-course-of-active-surveillance-for-localized-prostate-cancer
#16
Jan Herden, Axel Heidenreich, Lothar Weissbach
OBJECTIVE: To investigate a cohort of patients under active surveillance (AS) for localized prostate cancer (PCa) concerning possible differences in discontinuation rates, subsequent therapies, reasons for intervention, and pathologic findings after deferred surgery depending on stratification in very low-, low-, and intermediate/high-risk PCa. PATIENTS AND METHODS: HAROW is a non-interventional, observational, outcomes research study on the management of localized PCa in the community setting...
November 10, 2016: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862602/active-surveillance-for-favourable-risk-prostate-cancer-is-there-a-greater-psychological-impact-than-previously-thought-a-systematic-mixed-studies-literature-review
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REVIEW
Eimear Ruane-McAteer, Sam Porter, Joe M O'Sullivan, Olinda Santin, Gillian Prue
OBJECTIVE: Active Surveillance (AS) allows men with favourable-risk prostate cancer (PCa) to avoid or postpone active treatment and hence spares potential adverse side effects for a significant proportion of these patients. Active surveillance may create an additional emotional burden for these patients. The aim of the review was to determine the psychological impact of AS to inform future study in this area and to provide recommendations for clinical practice. METHODS: Studies were identified through database searching from inception to September 2015...
November 15, 2016: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858090/dramatic-increase-in-the-utilization-of-multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-detection-and-management-of-prostate-cancer
#18
Daniel T Oberlin, David D Casalino, Frank H Miller, Joshua J Meeks
PURPOSE: Multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) of the prostate is an evolving technology that provides functional information of the prostate that helps distinguish benign from malignant lesions. We hypothesized that mpMRI is rapidly adopted in the US to fill the unmet need for a non-invasive, accurate screening tool. The aim of this study is to assess the increasing utilization of mpMRI for the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of an institutional clinical data repository of four million patients...
November 17, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846815/endomyocardial-biopsy-via-the-femoral-access-still-safe-and-valuable-diagnostic-tool
#19
Sylwia Sławek, Aleksander Araszkiewicz, Agnieszka Gaczkowska, Justyna Koszarska, Damian Celiński, Marek Grygier, Maciej Lesiak, Stefan Grajek
BACKGROUND: The endomyocardial biopsy has proven to be an integral diagnostic tool for surveillance of cardiac allograft rejection and identification of myocardial diseases. Nevertheless, this invasive procedure is not risk-free. This study focuses on the risk of complications and diagnostic performance of right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). METHODS: In this single-center retrospective study, we analyzed 315 EMB procedures performed between July 2008 and May 2015 in 73 patients...
November 15, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833462/health-economic-impact-and-prospective-clinical-utility-of-oncotype-dx%C3%A2-genomic-prostate-score
#20
David Albala, Michael J Kemeter, Phillip G Febbo, Ruixiao Lu, Vincy John, Dylan Stoy, Bela Denes, Marybeth McCall, Alan W Shindel, Frank Dubeck
Prostate cancer (CaP) will be diagnosed in approximately 181,000 American men in 2016. Despite the high number of deaths from CaP in the United States, the disease has a protracted natural history and many men diagnosed with CaP will not die of the disease regardless of treatment. Unfortunately, identification of men with truly indolent/ nonaggressive CaP is challenging; limitations of conventional diagnostic modalities diminish the ability of physicians to accurately stage every case of CaP based on biopsy results alone...
2016: Reviews in Urology
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