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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817809/evaluation-of-infliximab-therapy-in-children-with-crohn-s-disease-using-trough-levels-predictors
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Jan Ohem, Ondrej Hradsky, Kristyna Zarubova, Ivana Copova, Petra Bukovska, Richard Prusa, Karin Malickova, Jiri Bronsky
BACKGROUND: In adults, infliximab (IFX) levels correlate with disease activity, and antibodies to IFX (ATIs) predict treatment failure. We aimed to determine the association of IFX levels and ATIs with disease activity in a paediatric population. We prospectively collected blood, stool, and clinical data from 65 patients (age 10.5-15.1 years) with Crohn's disease (CD) before IFX administration, and measured IFX trough levels, ATIs, and faecal calprotectin levels (CPT). Samples were collected during maintenance therapy...
August 18, 2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817724/from-the-animal-house-to-the-field-are-there-consistent-individual-differences-in-immunological-profile-in-wild-populations-of-field-voles-microtus-agrestis
#2
Elena Arriero, Klara M Wanelik, Richard J Birtles, Janette E Bradley, Joseph A Jackson, Steve Paterson, Mike Begon
Inbred mouse strains, living in simple laboratory environments far removed from nature, have been shown to vary consistently in their immune response. However, wildlife populations are typically outbreeding and face a multiplicity of challenges, parasitological and otherwise. In this study we seek evidence of consistent difference in immunological profile amongst individuals in the wild. We apply a novel method in this context, using longitudinal (repeated capture) data from natural populations of field voles, Microtus agrestis, on a range of life history and infection metrics, and on gene expression levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817693/clinical-signs-profound-acidemia-hypoglycemia-and-hypernatremia-are-predictive-of-mortality-in-1-400-critically-ill-neonatal-calves-with-diarrhea
#3
Florian M Trefz, Ingrid Lorenz, Annette Lorch, Peter D Constable
Profound acidemia impairs cellular and organ function and consequently should be associated with an increased risk of mortality in critically ill humans and animals. Neonatal diarrhea in calves can result in potentially serious metabolic derangements including profound acidemia due to strong ion (metabolic) acidosis, hyper-D-lactatemia, hyper-L-lactatemia, azotemia, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia and hyponatremia. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the prognostic relevance of clinical and laboratory findings in 1,400 critically ill neonatal calves with diarrhea admitted to a veterinary teaching hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817685/clinical-implications-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen-distribution-in-serum-exosomal-fraction-measurement-by-elisa
#4
Shozo Yokoyama, Akihiro Takeuchi, Shunsuke Yamaguchi, Yasuyuki Mitani, Takashi Watanabe, Kenji Matsuda, Tsukasa Hotta, John E Shively, Hiroki Yamaue
BACKGROUND: Serum exosomal proteins have great potential as indicators of disease status in cancer, inflammatory or metabolic diseases. The association of a fraction of various serum proteins such as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) with circulating exosomes has been debated. The establishment of a method to measure the exosomal fraction of such proteins might help resolve this controversy. The use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) to measure serum exosomal molecules, for example CEA, is rare in research laboratories and totally absent in clinical biology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817665/concentrations-of-trace-elements-in-human-milk-comparisons-among-women-in-argentina-namibia-poland-and-the-united-states
#5
Laura D Klein, Alicia A Breakey, Brooke Scelza, Claudia Valeggia, Grazyna Jasienska, Katie Hinde
Human milk contains essential micronutrients for growth and development during early life. Environmental pollutants, such as potentially toxic metals, can also be transferred to the infant through human milk. These elements have been well-studied, but changing diets and environments and advances in laboratory technology require re-examining these elements in a variety of settings. The aim of this study was to characterize the concentrations of essential and toxic metals in human milk from four diverse populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817648/screening-for-chikungunya-virus-infection-in-aged-people-development-and-internal-validation-of-a-new-score
#6
Lidvine Godaert, Seendy Bartholet, Fatiha Najioullah, Maxime Hentzien, Jean-Luc Fanon, Raymond Césaire, Moustapha Dramé
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to derive and validate a score for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection screening in old people admitted to acute care units. METHODS: This study was performed in the Martinique University Hospitals from retrospective cases. Patients were aged 65+, admitted to acute care units for suspected CHIKV infection in 2014, with biological testing using Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). RT-PCR was used as the gold standard...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817643/peripheral-clinic-versus-centralized-laboratory-based-xpert-mtb-rif-performance-experience-gained-from-a-pragmatic-stepped-wedge-trial-in-botswana
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Tefera Agizew, Rosanna Boyd, Ndwapi Ndwapi, Andrew Auld, Joyce Basotli, Sambayawo Nyirenda, Zegabriel Tedla, Anikie Mathoma, Unami Mathebula, Chawangwa Lesedi, Sherri Pals, Anand Date, Heather Alexander, Thomas Kuebrich, Alyssa Finlay
BACKGROUND: In 2011, the Botswana National Tuberculosis Program adopted World Health Organization guidelines and introduced Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) assay to support intensified case finding among people living with HIV enrolling in care. An evaluation was designed to assess performance under operational conditions to inform the national Xpert scale-up. METHODS: Xpert was implemented from August 2012 through November 2014 with 13 GeneXpert instruments (GeneXpert) deployed in a phased approach over nine months: nine centralized laboratory and four point-of-care (POC) peripheral clinics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817629/maldi-tof-ms-identification-of-anopheles-gambiae-giles-blood-meal-crushed-on-whatman-filter-papers
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Sirama Niare, Lionel Almeras, Fatalmoudou Tandina, Amina Yssouf, Affane Bacar, Ali Toilibou, Ogobara Doumbo, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Identification of the source of mosquito blood meals is an important component for disease control and surveillance. Recently, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) profiling has emerged as an effective tool for mosquito blood meal identification, using the abdomens of freshly engorged mosquitoes. In the field, mosquito abdomens are crushed on Whatman filter papers to determine the host feeding patterns by identifying the origin of their blood meals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817622/ten-simple-rules-for-getting-the-most-out-of-a-summer-laboratory-internship
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Toby P Aicher, Dániel L Barabási, Benjamin D Harris, Ajay Nadig, Kaitlin L Williams
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817610/an-overview-of-financial-sources-being-utilized-to-support-zika-virus-published-research
#10
Keisha Goodridge, Ludovic Reveiz, Vanessa Elias
BACKGROUND: Since its initial detection in Brazil in 2015, Zika Virus (ZIKV) has spread rapidly throughout most of the Caribbean and South, Central and North America. An upsurge in congenital syndrome associated with ZIKV and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) has been associated with the increase in ZIKV. This amplification in numbers led to the need for funded research initiatives focusing on various countries globally and on specific experimental types. OBJECTIVES: To determine the financial institutions involved in the production of primary research into the ZIKV epidemic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817532/letter-concerning-scai-ccas-spa-expert-consensus-statement-for-anesthesia-and-sedation-practice-in-the-cardiac-catheterization-laboratory
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E Heidi Jerome, Lena S Sun
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817508/end-tidal-co2-guided-chest-compression-delivery-improves-survival-in-a-neonatal-asphyxial-cardiac-arrest-model
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Justin T Hamrick, Jennifer L Hamrick, Utpal Bhalala, Jillian S Armstrong, Jeong-Hoo Lee, Ewa Kulikowicz, Jennifer K Lee, Sapna R Kudchadkar, Raymond C Koehler, Elizabeth A Hunt, Donald H Shaffner
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether end-tidal CO2-guided chest compression delivery improves survival over standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation after prolonged asphyxial arrest. DESIGN: Preclinical randomized controlled study. SETTING: University animal research laboratory. SUBJECTS: 1-2-week-old swine. INTERVENTIONS: After undergoing a 20-minute asphyxial arrest, animals received either standard or end-tidal CO2-guided cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
August 16, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817488/risk-management-of-hospitalized-psychiatric-patients-taking-multiple-qtc-prolonging-drugs
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Eline Vandael, Bert Vandenberk, Rik Willems, Johan Reyntens, Joris Vandenberghe, Veerle Foulon
PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Drug-related QTc prolongation has been linked with Torsade de Pointes and sudden cardiac death. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of starting an additional QTc-prolonging drug on the QTc interval of psychiatric inpatients. METHODS: An observational study was performed between May 2011 and December 2014 in 6 Belgian psychiatric hospitals. Inpatients who were already taking 1 QTc-prolonging drug or more could be included in the study when an additional QTc-prolonging drug was started...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817447/a-stress-coping-app-for-hospitalized-pregnant-women-at-risk-for-preterm-birth
#14
Nancy Jallo, Leroy R Thacker, Victoria Menzies, Predrag Stojanovic, Dace S Svikis
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women hospitalized with preterm labor (PTL) complications experience increased stress. Prior researchers have attempted to provide stress management strategies with use of various media players to deliver stress coping interventions. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of a mobile device delivered stress coping app designed to reduce stress in a sample of high-risk pregnant women hospitalized with complications of PTL...
September 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817438/alternatively-activated-macrophages-drive-browning-of-white-adipose-tissue-in-burns
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Abdikarim Abdullahi, Christopher Auger, Mile Stanojcic, David Patsouris, Alexandra Parousis, Slava Epelman, Marc G Jeschke
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to uncover the mediators and mechanistic events that facilitate the browning of white adipose tissue (WAT) in response to burns. BACKGROUND: In hypermetabolic patients (eg, burns, cancer), the browning of WAT has presented substantial clinical challenges related to cachexia, atherosclerosis, and poor clinical outcomes. Browning of the adipose tissue has recently been found to induce and sustain hypermetabolism. Although browning appears central in trauma-, burn-, or cancer-induced hypermetabolic catabolism, the mediators are essentially unknown...
August 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817434/everolimus-is-associated-with-less-weight-gain-than-tacrolimus-2-years-following-liver-transplantation-results-of-a-randomized-multicenter-study
#16
Michael Charlton, Mary Rinella, Dharmesh Patel, Kevin McCague, Julie Heimbach, Kymberly Watt
BACKGROUND: Weight gain early after transplant is a risk factor for posttransplant metabolic syndrome (PTMS), cardiovascular events, and renal insufficiency. The impact of mTOR inhibition on posttransplant weight gain and the development of PTMS components postliver transplantation were examined in a randomized, controlled study. METHODS: Following a run-in period, patients (N = 719) were randomized at 30±5 days posttransplant in a 1:1:1 ratio to 3 treatment groups: (i) everolimus (EVR) + reduced tacrolimus (TAC)(n=245); (ii) TAC control (n=243) or (iii) TAC elimination (n=231)...
August 15, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817321/community-health-worker-impact-on-chronic-disease-outcomes-within-primary-care-examined-using-electronic-health-records
#17
Maia Ingram, Kevin Doubleday, Melanie L Bell, Abby Lohr, Lucy Murrieta, Maria Velasco, John Blackburn, Samantha Sabo, Jill Guernsey de Zapien, Scott C Carvajal
OBJECTIVES: To investigate community health worker (CHW) effects on chronic disease outcomes using electronic health records (EHRs). METHODS: We examined EHRs of 32 147 patients at risk for chronic disease during 2012 to 2015. Variables included contact with clinic-based CHWs, vitals, and laboratory tests. We estimated a mixed model for all outcomes. RESULTS: Within-group findings showed statistically significant improvements in chronic disease indicators after exposure to CHWs...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817302/comparative-effectiveness-and-costs-of-insulin-pump-therapy-for-diabetes
#18
Ronald T Ackermann, Amisha Wallia, Raymond Kang, Andrew Cooper, Theodore A Prospect, Lewis G Sandy, Deneen Vojta
OBJECTIVES: Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), or "insulin pump" therapy, is an alternative to multiple daily insulin injections (MDII) for management of diabetes. This study evaluates patterns of healthcare utilization, costs, and blood glucose control for patients with diabetes who initiate CSII. STUDY DESIGN: Pre-post with propensity-matched comparison design involving commercially insured US adults (aged 18-64 years) with insulin-requiring diabetes who transitioned from MDII to CSII between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2012 ("CSII initiators"; n = 2539), or who continued using MDI (n = 2539)...
June 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817239/novel-dissection-of-the-central-nervous-system-to-bridge-gross-anatomy-and-neuroscience-for-an-integrated-medical-curriculum
#19
Rebecca J Hlavac, Rachel Klaus, Kourtney Betts, Shilo M Smith, Maureen E Stabio
Medical schools in the United States continue to undergo curricular change, reorganization, and reformation as more schools transition to an integrated curriculum. Anatomy educators must find novel approaches to teach in a way that will bridge multiple disciplines. The cadaveric extraction of the central nervous system (CNS) provides an opportunity to bridge gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, and clinical neurology. In this dissection, the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, cauda equina, optic nerve/tract, and eyes are removed in one piece so that the entire CNS and its gateway to the periphery through the spinal roots can be appreciated...
August 17, 2017: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817218/bmi-nephroangiosclerosis-and-glomerulonephritis-is-there-any-meeting-point
#20
Antonietta Gigante, Konstantinos Giannakakis, Francesca Di Mario, Biagio Barbano, Edoardo Rosato, Riccardo Pofi, Marcello Di Paolo, Anna Rachele Rocca, Rosario Cianci
BACKGROUND: Overweight has been related to renal arteriolosclerosis and is able to modify intrarenal hemodynamics. Increasing evidences suggest an association between weight excess and primary glomerulonephritis (GN). The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between nutritional status and intrarenal arterial stiffness in primary GN associated to arteriolosclerosis. We have considered the glomerular diameter (GD) as morphological parameter in overweight and obese patients...
August 17, 2017: Nephrology
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