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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339675/association-of-serum-prolidase-activity-in-patients-with-isolated-coronary-artery-ectasia
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Erdal Aktürk, Lütfü Aşkın, Hüseyin Nacar, M Hakan Taşolar, Serdar Türkmen, Mustafa Çetin, Mehmet Bozkurt
OBJECTIVE: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is defined as an angiographic enlargement of a portion of the coronary artery between 1.5 and 2 times the diameter of the adjacent normal coronary artery. It has been demonstrated that increased serum prolidase activity (SPA) is associated with increased collagen turnover. We aimed to analyze the relationship between CAE and serum SPA levels. METHODS: This study used a prospective case protocol design. A total of 40 consecutive patients with isolated right CAE and normal coronary arteries (23 men, 17 women; mean age, 62...
January 17, 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338498/from-clinical-remission-to-residual-disease-activity-in-spondyloarthritis-and-its-potential-treatment-implications
#2
Fabio Massimo Perrotta, Antonia De Socio, Silvia Scriffignano, Ennio Lubrano
Remission or low disease activity should be the target of therapy in spondyloarthritis (SpA). Due to the complexity of the disease, several composite indices that assess all disease domains were proposed to define a status of low disease activity/remission in both axial and peripheral SpA. With the introduction, in the past years, of effective biologic and targeted synthetic treatments aimed at inhibiting key cytokines and intracellular pathways, the goal of clinical remission has become an achievable target in these conditions...
January 17, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336909/-non-reported-spa-types-in-our-country-in-staphylococcus-aureus-from-adult-patients-of-a-school-hospital-santa-fe-argentina
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Carla Tomatis, María R Baroni, María A Mendosa, Alicia Nagel, Analia Mollerach, Claudia Alvarez, Maria Laura Zurbriggen, Sabrina Cristobal, Glenda Segovia, Emilce de Los A Méndez
Staphylococcus aureus is a pathogen associated a different kind of infection. Molecular markers are useful tools to study microbial epidemiology. Twenty two methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and 23 methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) were studied by mecA gene, SCCmec cassette, Panton Valentine leucocidin (PVL) and spa polymorphism. The clinical data patients were analyzed. MSSA was prevalent in samples different from skin and soft tissue (SST) and in hospitalized patients, whereas MRSA in SST. SCCmec type IV was predominant, followed by type I...
January 11, 2018: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334249/antimicrobial-activity-of-1-3-4-oxadiazole-derivatives-against-planktonic-cells-and-biofilm-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Zhaojun Zheng, Qingzhong Liu, Wooseong Kim, Nagendran Tharmalingam, Beth Burgwyn Fuchs, Eleftherios Mylonakis
AIM:  Staphylococcus aureus is a major cause of severe hospital-acquired infections, and biofilm formation is an important part of staphylococcal pathogenesis. Therefore, developing new antimicrobial agents against both planktonic cells and biofilm of S. aureus is a major challenge. RESULTS: Three 1,3,4-oxadiazole derivatives exhibited antimicrobial activity against seven S. aureus strains in vitro, with minimum inhibitory concentrations ranging from 4 to 32 μg/ml...
January 15, 2018: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329400/the-decision-to-work-after-state-pension-age-and-how-it-affects-quality-of-life-evidence-from-a-6-year-english-panel-study
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Giorgio Di Gessa, Laurie Corna, Debora Price, Karen Glaser
Background: despite an increasing proportion of older people working beyond State Pension Age (SPA), little is known about neither the motivations for this decision nor whether, and to what extent, working beyond SPA affects quality of life (QoL). Methods: QoL was measured using the CASP-19 scale. Respondents in paid work beyond SPA were distinguished based on whether they reported financial constraints as the main reason for continuing in work. Linear regression models were used to assess the associations between paid work beyond SPA and CASP-19 scores among men aged 65-74 and women aged 60-69 (n = 2,502) cross-sectionally and over time using Wave 4 and Wave 7 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing...
January 10, 2018: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327104/long-term-efficacy-of-spa-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Mine Karagülle, Sinan Kardeş, Müfit Zeki Karagülle
Our previous crossover randomized trial suggested that spa therapy added to usual pharmacotherapy provides benefits that lasted 6 months over pharmacotherapy alone in rheumatoid arthritis patients. We now extend, and report the long-term results of that study. In the crossover trial, patients were randomized to spa therapy first group or control first group (first assignment, period 1, 6 months); after this period and washout phase (9 months), they crossed over to the other arm (second assignment, period 2, 6 months)...
January 11, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325594/treatment-of-persistent-allergic-rhinitis-via-acupuncture-at-the-sphenopalatine-acupoint-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jiaoping Mi, Xinye Chen, Xiaoyan Lin, Jianling Guo, Hongtao Chen, Liao Wei, Haiyu Hong
BACKGROUND: Allergic rhinitis is a common respiratory disease. Acupuncture is used to treat it in traditional Chinese medicine, and generally, the L120, ST2 and ST36 acupoints are selected in clinical practice. We report a new method of acupuncture at the sphenopalatine acupoint (SPA) for treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR). The effect of this treatment was investigated using two different needling depths. The efficacy of this treatment was associated with accurate stimulation of the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG)...
January 11, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321722/distinct-virulent-network-between-healthcare-and-community-associated-staphylococcus-aureus-based-on-proteomic-analysis
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Lei He, Hongwei Meng, Qian Liu, Mo Hu, Yanan Wang, Xiaoying Chen, Xiaoyun Liu, Min Li
Background: Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or SA) is a leading cause of healthcare-associated (HA-) and community-associated (CA) infection. HA-SA isolates usually cause nosocomial pneumonia, bloodstream infections, catheter-related urinary tract infections, etc. On the other hand, CA-SA isolates usually cause highly fatal diseases, such as SSTIs as well as post influenza necrotic hemorrhagic pneumonia. The differences of the infection types are partially due to the unique characteristics between HA-SA and CA-SA isolates...
2018: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320305/social-physique-anxiety-and-physical-activity-behaviour-of-male-and-female-exercisers
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Robert M Portman, Jane Bradbury, Kiara Lewis
Despite females consistently reporting greater social physique anxiety (SPA), previous literature has yet to demonstrate whether SPA gender differences are linked to the way males and females perform physical activity. This study investigated an association between SPA and physical activity frequency, history of exercise, and physical activity intensity. Participants were represented by currently active users (N = 33 males; N = 31 females) of an on-campus university-run gym and completed a background physical activity questionnaire and the nine-item Social Physique Anxiety Scale...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319526/mrsa-in-pig-population
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Meldra Ivbule, Edvīns Miklaševičs, Liene Čupāne, Laima Bērziņa, Andris Bāliņš, Anda Valdovska
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is widespread worldwide in different types of animal species and as a zoonosis takes a great risk for human health not only as a food toxicoinfection, but also as a highly resistant pathogen causing serious soft tissue infectious, septicaemia and even death. One of the most affected food-producing animal species is swine in the production of which new antibiotics in big amounts are used more and more continuously, increasing antimicrobial resistance. In this study several commercial pig farms and pigs with different age groups as well as farm workers and samples from environment were examined with the purpose of detecting MRSA prevalence and evaluating antimicrobial resistance...
September 27, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317899/outbreak-of-clonal-complex-22-panton-valentine-leucocidin-positive-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Mark I Garvey, Craig W Bradley, Kerry L Holden, Beryl Oppenheim
Aims: We describe the investigation and control of a nosocomial outbreak of Sequence Type (ST) 22 MRSA containing the Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL) toxin in an acute multispecialty surgical ward at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Methods: A patient was classed as acquiring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) if they had a negative admission screen and then had MRSA isolated from a subsequent screen or clinical specimen. Spa typing and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was undertaken to confirm MRSA acquisitions...
September 2017: Journal of Infection Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317745/preventive-and-promotive-effects-of-habitual-hot-spa-bathing-on-the-elderly-in-japan
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Toyoki Maeda, Koshi Mimori, Sadao Suzuki, Takahiko Horiuchi, Naoki Makino
Although body-warming with hot spa-bathing has been proposed to exert medical therapeutic effects on certain diseases, whether body-warming has preventive and promotive effects remains unknown. To clarify this issue, an epidemiological questionnaire study regarding personal hot spa-bathing habits and disease history was carried out in Japan, where individuals engage in daily warm water bathing. Questionnaires regarding hot spa-bathing habits and disease history were randomly sent to 20,000 residents aged ≥65 years living in Beppu, a city in Japan that has the highest concentration of hot spa sources in the world...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299630/stability-of-fatigue-pain-patient-global-assessment-and-the-bath-ankylosing-spondylitis-functional-index-basfi-in-spondyloarthropathy-patients-with-stable-disease-according-to-the-bath-ankylosing-spondylitis-disease-activity-index-basdai
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Ole Rintek Madsen
The study objective was to examine natural variation of the patient-reported outcome measures fatigue, pain, patient global assessment (PaGl) and the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) in patients with stable axial spondyloarthropathy (ax-SpA) defined on the basis of the Bath Spondylitis Ankylosing Disease Activity Index (BASDAI). 107 TNF-inhibitor treated stable ax-SpA patients were identified in the Danish rheumatology registry (DANBIO). According to the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) response criteria, stable disease was defined as a change in BASDAI < 20 between two consecutive visits...
January 3, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290311/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-osteoporosis-and-fractures-in-axial-spondyloarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Julio Ramírez, Juan Carlos Nieto-González, Rafael Curbelo Rodríguez, Santos Castañeda, Loreto Carmona
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence of osteoporosis, the prevalence and incidence of fractures, and the frequency of risk factors for low bone mineral density (BMD) in axial spondyloarthritis (Ax-SpA). METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies was conducted. Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases were searched with a sensitive strategy. Large cross-sectional and longitudinal studies published in the last 10 years (January 2006-2016) with representative samples of patients with Ax-SpA estimating the frequency of osteoporosis, risk factors or fractures were selected...
December 7, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290013/physicochemical-characterization-of-sterilized-muds-for-pharmaceutics-cosmetics-applications
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Maria D Kamitsou, Varvara Sygouni, Dimitra G Kanellopoulou, Konstantinos Gardikis, Petros G Koutsoukos
Clays and muds have been used for centuries as cosmetics or pharmaceutical products for various therapies. The suitability of muds and clays for health- and beauty-related applications depends on their physicochemical properties, mineralogical composition, particle characteristics and toxicity. In this work, the physicochemical characterization of 12 mud specimens from different natural spa resorts in Greece and one from Israel (Dead Sea) is presented. All specimens were sterilized at 121 °C for 20 min, because of their intended use...
December 30, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289748/a-novel-bivalent-fusion-vaccine-induces-broad-immunoprotection-against-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-in-different-murine-models
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Liuyang Yang, Heng Zhou, Ping Cheng, Yun Yang, Yanan Tong, Qianfei Zuo, Jiao Luo, Qiang Feng, Quanming Zou, Hao Zeng
With more and more drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains emerging in hospitals, there is an urgent need to develop an effective vaccine to combat S. aureus infection. In this study, we constructed a novel bivalent fusion vaccine, SpA-DKKAA-FnBPA37-507 (SF), based on the D domain of staphylococcal protein A (SpA) and the A domain of fibronectin-binding protein A (FnBPA). Immunisation with SF induced a more ideal protective effect compared with the single components alone in a sepsis model. It also showed broad immunoprotection against seven FnBPA isotypes...
December 28, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288777/epidemiology-and-spa-type-diversity-of-meticillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-the-community-and-healthcare-settings-in-norway
#17
Francesco Di Ruscio, Jørgen Vildershøj Bjørnholt, Kjersti Wik Larssen, Truls Michael Leegaard, Aina E F Moen, Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio
BACKGROUND: There has been a marked increase in the incidence of MRSA during the past decade in Norway, a country with one of the lowest prevalence's and an active "search-and-destroy" policy applied to hospital settings. AIM: To characterize the trends of notification rates of community associated (CA) and healthcare associated (HA) MRSA in Norway and explore the diversity and circulation of MRSA spa-types within and outside healthcare settings. METHODS: We conducted a registry-based study on notified MRSA infections and colonizations in Norway between 2006 and 2015...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287307/effects-of-hla-b27-on-gut-microbiota-in-experimental-spondyloarthritis-implicate-an-ecological-model-of-dysbiosis
#18
Tejpal Gill, Mark Asquith, Stephen R Brooks, James T Rosenbaum, Robert A Colbert
OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether HLA-B27-mediated experimental spondyloarthritis (SpA) is associated with a common gut microbial signature to identify potential drivers of pathogenesis. METHODS: Effects of HLA-B27 on three genetic backgrounds, Dark Agouti (DA), Lewis, and Fischer were compared, using wild-type littermates and HLA-B7 transgenic Lewis rats as controls. At 2, 3-4, and 6-8 months of age, cecal and colonic tissue or contents were analyzed by histology for inflammation, RNA-Seq for gene expression differences, and 16S rRNA gene sequencing for microbiota differences...
December 29, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284551/family-care-conferences-in-long-term-care-exploring-content-and-processes-in-end-of-life-communication
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Pamela Durepos, Sharon Kaasalainen, Tamara Sussman, Deborah Parker, Kevin Brazil, Susan Mintzberg, Alyssa Te
OBJECTIVE: End-of-life (EoL) communication in long-term care (LTC) homes is often inadequate and delayed, leaving residents dying with unknown preferences or goals of care. Poor communication with staff contributes to families feeling unprepared, distressed, and dissatisfied with care. Family care conferences (FCCs) aim to increase structured systematic communication around goals and plans for the end of life. As part of the Strengthening a Palliative Approach to Care (SPA-LTC) project, FCCs were implemented in four LTC sites in Ontario, Canada...
December 29, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283375/role-of-stem-cells-in-pathophysiology-and-therapy-of-spondyloarthropathies-new-therapeutic-possibilities
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Magdalena Krajewska-Włodarczyk, Agnieszka Owczarczyk-Saczonek, Waldemar Placek, Adam Osowski, Piotr Engelgardt, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
Considerable progress has been made recently in understanding the complex pathogenesis and treatment of spondyloarthropathies (SpA). Currently, along with traditional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), TNF-α, IL-12/23 and IL-17 are available for treatment of such diseases as ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Although they adequately control inflammatory symptoms, they do not affect the abnormal bone formation processes associated with SpA. However, the traditional therapeutic approach does not cover the regenerative treatment of damaged tissues...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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