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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222097/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-a-lncrna-as-risk-factor-for-pathological-inflammatory-responses-in-leprosy
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Vinicius M Fava, Jeremy Manry, Aurélie Cobat, Marianna Orlova, Nguyen Van Thuc, Milton O Moraes, Carolinne Sales-Marques, Mariane M A Stefani, Ana Carla P Latini, Andrea F Belone, Vu Hong Thai, Laurent Abel, Alexandre Alcaïs, Erwin Schurr
Leprosy Type-1 Reactions (T1Rs) are pathological inflammatory responses that afflict a sub-group of leprosy patients and result in peripheral nerve damage. Here, we employed a family-based GWAS in 221 families with 229 T1R-affect offspring with stepwise replication to identify risk factors for T1R. We discovered, replicated and validated T1R-specific associations with SNPs located in chromosome region 10p21.2. Combined analysis across the three independent samples resulted in strong evidence of association of rs1875147 with T1R (p = 4...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221937/food-safety-perceptions-and-practices-among-smallholder-pork-value-chain-actors-in-hung-yen-province-vietnam
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Sinh Dang-Xuan, Hung Nguyen-Viet, Tongkorn Meeyam, Reinhard Fries, Huong Nguyen-Thanh, Phuc Pham-Duc, Steven Lam, Delia Grace, Fred Unger
Pork safety is an important public health concern in Vietnam and is a shared responsibility among many actors along the pork value chain. We examined the knowledge, perceptions, and practices regarding food safety, disease, and health risk among selected pork value chain actors (slaughterhouse owners and workers, people living around slaughterhouses, pork sellers, consumers, and veterinary and public health staff) in three districts in Hung Yen Province, Vietnam. We randomly selected 52 pork value chain actors to be surveyed through questionnaires, observation checklists, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221929/risk-of-cross-contact-for-gluten-free-pizzas-in-shared-production-restaurants-in-relation-to-oven-cooking-procedures
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Olimpia Vincentini, Martina Izzo, Francesca Maialetti, Elena Gonnelli, Susanna Neuhold, Marco Silano
To allow celiac patients to have meals out, a growing number of restaurants and pizzas houses that simultaneously provide gluten-free (GF) pizzas and wheat-based (WB) pizzas have recently been opened in Italy. In these restaurants, GF pizzas are prepared with GF raw materials, following procedures that minimize the risk of gluten cross-contact. Here, we evaluate the risk of gluten cross-contact of GF pizzas in relation to the preparation procedures, thus aiming at identifying a safe procedure for cooking GF pizzas...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221828/does-cohistory-constrain-information-use-evidence-for-generalized-risk-assessment-in-nonnative-prey
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Emily W Grason
Though prey use a variety of information sources to assess predation risk, evolutionary cohistory with a predator could constrain information use, and nonnative prey might fail to recognize risk from a novel predator. Nonnative prey might instead use generalized risk assessment, relying on general alarm signals from injured conspecifics rather than cues from predators. I tested the influence of shared predator-prey history on information use, comparing responses among three native and four nonnative prey species to chemical cues from a native predator and cues from injured conspecific prey...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221313/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-interventions-for-depression-and-anxiety-in-persons-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Kirsten M Fiest, Carol A Hitchon, Charles N Bernstein, Christine A Peschken, John R Walker, Lesley A Graff, Ryan Zarychanski, Ahmed Abou-Setta, Scott B Patten, Jitender Sareen, James Bolton, Ruth Ann Marrie
BACKGROUND: Psychiatric comorbidities, such as depression and anxiety, are very common in persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and can lead to adverse outcomes. By appropriately treating these comorbidities, disease-specific outcomes and quality of life may be improved. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature from controlled trials of treatments for depression and anxiety in persons with RA. METHODS: We searched multiple online databases from inception until March 25, 2015, without restrictions on language, date, or location of publication...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221244/hla-amino-acid-polymorphisms-and-kidney-allograft-survival
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Malek Kamoun, Keith P McCullough, Martin Maiers, Marcelo A Fernandez Vina, Hongzhe Li, Valerie Teal, Alan B Leichtman, Robert M Merion
BACKGROUND: The association of HLA mismatching with kidney allograft survival has been well established. We examined whether amino acid mismatches at the antigen recognition site of HLA molecules represent independent and incremental risk factors for kidney graft failure (GF) beyond those mismatches assessed at the antigenic (2-digit) specificity. METHODS: Data on 240,024 kidney transplants performed between 1987 and 2009 were obtained from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients...
February 18, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221185/antipyretic-therapy-in-critically-ill-septic-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Anne M Drewry, Enyo A Ablordeppey, Ellen T Murray, Carolyn R T Stoll, Sonya R Izadi, Catherine M Dalton, Angela C Hardi, Susan A Fowler, Brian M Fuller, Graham A Colditz
OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis aimed to examine the impact of antipyretic therapy on mortality in critically ill septic adults. DATA SOURCES: Literature searches were implemented in Ovid Medline, Embase, Scopus, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and ClinicalTrials.gov through February 2016. STUDY SELECTION: Inclusion criteria were observational or randomized studies of septic patients, evaluation of antipyretic treatment, mortality reported, and English-language version available...
February 17, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220696/unconventional-oil-and-gas-spills-risks-mitigation-priorities-and-state-reporting-requirements
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Lauren A Patterson, Katherine E Konschnik, Hannah Wiseman, Joseph Fargione, Kelly O Maloney, Joseph Kiesecker, Jean-Philippe Nicot, Sharon Baruch-Mordo, Sally Entrekin, Anne Trainor, James E Saiers
Rapid growth in unconventional oil and gas (UOG) has produced jobs, revenue, and energy, but also concerns over spills and environmental risks. We assessed spill data from 2005 to 2014 at 31 481 UOG wells in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. We found 2-16% of wells reported a spill each year. Median spill volumes ranged from 0.5 m(3) in Pennsylvania to 4.9 m(3) in New Mexico; the largest spills exceeded 100 m(3). Seventy-five to 94% of spills occurred within the first three years of well life when wells were drilled, completed, and had their largest production volumes...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220485/epidemiology-of-basal-cell-carcinoma-scholarly-review
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REVIEW
J A C Verkouteren, K H R Ramdas, M Wakkee, T Nijsten
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common cancer in white-skinned individuals with increasing incidence rates worldwide. Patients with BCC place a large burden on healthcare systems, because of the high incidence and the increased risk of synchronous and metachronous BCCs and other ultraviolet radiation (UVR) related skin cancers (i.e. field cancerization). As a result, the disability-adjusted life years and healthcare costs have risen significantly in recent decades. BCC is a complex disease, in which the interplay between UVR, phenotype (UVR-sensitive) and genotype (somatic mutations and germline mutations/polymorphisms) fulfils a key role in the aetiopathogenesis...
February 20, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220024/molecular-subtypes-improve-prognostic-value-of-international-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-database-consortium-prognostic-model
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Guillermo de Velasco, Aedín C Culhane, André P Fay, A Ari Hakimi, Martin H Voss, Nizar M Tannir, Pheroze Tamboli, Leonard J Appleman, Joaquim Bellmunt, W Kimryn Rathmell, Laurence Albiges, James J Hsieh, Daniel Y C Heng, Sabina Signoretti, Toni K Choueiri
INTRODUCTION: Gene-expression signatures for prognosis have been reported in localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The aim of this study was to test the predictive power of two different signatures, ClearCode34, a 34-gene signature model [Eur Urol 2014;66:77-84], and an 8-gene signature model [Eur Urol 2015;67:17-20], in the setting of systemic therapy for metastatic disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Metastatic RCC (mRCC) patients from five institutions who were part of TCGA were identified and clinical data were retrieved...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219584/outcomes-of-kidney-transplantation-in-patients-exposed-to-hepatitis-b-virus-analysis-by-phase-of-infection
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B Chopra, K K Sureshkumar
BACKGROUND: In kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, immunosuppression may increase viral replication with increased risk for liver disease progression and HBV-related kidney diseases, factors that could adversely influence graft and patient outcomes. We aimed to analyze the impact of different phases of HBV infection on the outcomes in KTRs. METHODS: Using the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing database, we selected adult KTRs from 2001 to 2011 who received peri-operative antibody induction followed by calcineurin inhibitor/mycophenolate mofetil maintenance with/without steroid...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219407/development-of-dirofilaria-immitis-and-dirofilaria-repens-in-aedes-japonicus-and-aedes-geniculatus
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Cornelia Silaghi, Relja Beck, Gioia Capelli, Fabrizio Montarsi, Alexander Mathis
BACKGROUND: The mosquito-borne filarial nematodes Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens primarily affect dogs but also cats, causing heartworm disease or subcutaneous dirofilariosis, respectively, and both may also cause zoonotic diseases in humans. Several mosquito species have been reported as competent vectors for these nematodes, but no data are available for the invasive mosquito species Aedes japonicus (Theobald, 1901). The objective of this study was to describe the development of both D...
February 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219279/the-medicalization-of-health-and-shared-responsibility
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Gianmarco Contino
Public, occupational and environmental health are relatively novel disciplines compared to the ancient history of medicine. Their development, together with a more insightful knowledge of the human pathophysiology (this more usual term is the one used in the article itself), have progressively expanded the field of investigation of medicine to environmental, behavioural and genetic factors that favour the development of certain medical conditions. As a result we have developed numerous additional strategies to monitor health and prevent disease, including interventions in anticipation of diseases themselves when patients are still healthy or in a grey area of increased risk...
April 2016: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219114/self-reported-youth-and-adult-exposure-to-alcohol-marketing-in-traditional-and-digital-media-results-of-a-pilot-survey
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David H Jernigan, Alisa Padon, Craig Ross, Dina Borzekowski
BACKGROUND: Alcohol marketing is known to be a significant risk factor for underage drinking. However, little is known about youth and adult exposure to alcohol advertising in digital and social media. This study piloted a comparative assessment of youth and adult recall of exposure to online marketing of alcohol. METHODS: From September to October 2013, a pilot survey of past 30-day exposure to alcohol advertising and promotional content in traditional and digital media was administered to a national sample of 1,192 youth (ages 13 to 20) and 1,124 adults (ages ≥21) using a prerecruited Internet panel maintained by GfK Custom Research...
February 20, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218759/limited-statistical-evidence-for-shared-genetic-effects-of-eqtls-and-autoimmune-disease-associated-loci-in-three-major-immune-cell-types
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Sung Chun, Alexandra Casparino, Nikolaos A Patsopoulos, Damien C Croteau-Chonka, Benjamin A Raby, Philip L De Jager, Shamil R Sunyaev, Chris Cotsapas
Most autoimmune-disease-risk effects identified by genome-wide association studies (GWAS) localize to open chromatin with gene-regulatory activity. GWAS loci are also enriched in expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs), thus suggesting that most risk variants alter gene expression. However, because causal variants are difficult to identify, and cis-eQTLs occur frequently, it remains challenging to identify specific instances of disease-relevant changes to gene regulation. Here, we used a novel joint likelihood framework with higher resolution than that of previous methods to identify loci where autoimmune-disease risk and an eQTL are driven by a single shared genetic effect...
February 20, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217448/erectile-dysfunction-metabolic-syndrome-and-cardiovascular-risks-facts-and-controversies
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REVIEW
Edward Sanchez, Alexander W Pastuszak, Mohit Khera
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most common male sexual dysfunction, and shares many risk factors with systemic conditions including cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the metabolic syndrome (MetS). ED is considered to be an independent risk factor for CVD and can be a harbinger of future cardiovascular events. Given this relationship, each encounter for ED should be viewed by healthcare providers as an opportunity to screen for CVD and other comorbid conditions, including the MetS, that can significantly affect a man's overall health...
February 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216168/assessment-of-dietary-intake-of-10-intense-sweeteners-by-the-italian-population
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Cinzia Le Donne, Lorenza Mistura, Séverine Goscinny, Steven Janvier, Koenraad Cuypers, Laura D'Addezio, Stefania Sette, Giovina Catasta, Marika Ferrari, Raffaela Piccinelli, Joris Van Loco, Aida Turrini
The aim of the present study was to monitor the consumption of foods containing intense sweeteners present on the Italian food market and to investigate whether the Italian general population (aged >3-65+) was at risk for exceeding the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 10 intense sweeteners. A food label survey was performed in Rome (Italy), using market share data to identify the brands more representative of the market. A sample of 326 foods (table-top sweeteners included), beverages and food supplements containing intense sweeteners was collected and analyzed in order to establish the concentration levels...
February 16, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215625/identification-badge-lanyards-as-infection-control-risk-a-cross-sectional-observation-study-with-epidemiological-analysis
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C M Murphy, F Di Ruscio, M Lynskey, J Collins, E McCullough, R Cosgrave, D McDonnell, J Fennell
Staphylococcus aureus cultures from name badge lanyards were phenotypically and genotypically indistinguishable from the wearer's nasal carrier strains by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and antibiogram. Lanyards had a mean age of 22 months and hygiene was poor with only 9% ever having been laundered. Molecular analysis showed that 26% of S. aureus nasal carriers shared an indistinguishable strain on their lanyard. Lanyards should not be recommended for staff in frontline clinical care.
January 21, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215174/the-inverse-relationship-between-cancer-and-alzheimer-s-disease-a-possible-mechanism
#19
Daniel W Nixon
Cancer and Alzheimer's disease are both associated with aging, but do not often occur together in the same patient, regardless of age. The underlying reason for this unexpected clinical observation is not known, but body weight might provide a clue. Obesity is a shared risk factor for both diseases, and the many properties of fat-produced adipokines, including leptin and adiponectin, are now becoming clear. Normally, these adipokines are involved in energy intake, glucose metabolism and other physiologic processes, but they also have activities that can promote disease...
February 16, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215143/identifying-the-main-mosquito-species-in-the-taiwan-strait-using-dna-barcoding
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Bo Gao, Yiliang Fang, Jianqing Zhang, Rongquan Wu, Baohai Xu, Lianhui Xie
Mosquitoes can transmit many types of viruses such West Nile virus and Zika virus and are responsible for virus-causing diseases including malaria, Dengue fever, yellow fever, lymphatic filariasis, and Japanese B encephalitis. On January 19, 2016, the first case of Zika virus infection was identified in Taiwan, which presents the need for studying the mosquito species in the Taiwan Strait and evaluating the risk of the outbreak of this infection. In this study, we collected a total of 144 specimens from 42 mosquito specimens belonging to 9 genera from both sides of the Taiwan Strait during 2013 and 2014...
February 17, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
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