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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943073/the-reliability-and-validity-of-a-venezuelan-version-of-the-bath-ankylosing-spondylitis-functional-index-basfi-and-bath-ankylosing-spondylitis-disease-activity-index-basdai
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Mayra Rauseo Vera, Luis Arturo Gutiérrez-González, Irama Maldonado, Soham Al Snih
INTRODUCTION: Spondyloarthropathies (SpA) are disabling diseases with a prevalence of 1.9% in the general population. The indices designed for monitoring the disease should be valid, reliable and cross-culturally adapted for decision-making concerning the appropriate treatment. Changing an adjective or pronoun in a self-administered questionnaire could be the big difference in condensing an idea in a few words and transmitting that concept to all those who share the same language. OBJECTIVES: To develop a Venezuelan version of the original English version of the BASDAI/BASFI and to evaluate its reliability and validity in Venezuelan patients with SpA...
September 21, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941908/prevalence-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-of-methicillin-resistant-s-%C3%A2-aureus-mrsa-along-the-production-chain-of-dairy-products-in-north-western-greece
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Panagiotis Papadopoulos, Theofilos Papadopoulos, Apostolos S Angelidis, Evridiki Boukouvala, Antonios Zdragas, Anna Papa, Christos Hadjichristodoulou, Daniel Sergelidis
The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the production chain of dairy products. Of 367 tested samples (36 bulk tank milk (BTM), 19 dairy products, 72 human, 185 animal, 55 equipment), 212 (57.8%) were found positive for S. aureus. Almost all isolates (99.6%) were resistant to at least one antimicrobial and 13.3% were multi-drug resistant (MDR), exhibiting resistance to three or more antibiotic classes. Eleven samples (3%) were found contaminated by MRSA carrying the mecA gene...
February 2018: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941767/a-proton-mr-spectroscopy-study-of-the-thalamus-in-twins-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#3
John P Hegarty, Meng Gu, Daniel M Spielman, Sue C Cleveland, Joachim F Hallmayer, Laura C Lazzeroni, Mira M Raman, Thomas W Frazier, Jennifer M Phillips, Allan L Reiss, Antonio Y Hardan
Multiple lines of research have reported thalamic abnormalities in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that are associated with social communication impairments (SCI), restricted and repetitive behaviors (RRB), or sensory processing abnormalities (SPA). Thus, the thalamus may represent a common neurobiological structure that is shared across symptom domains in ASD. Same-sex monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twin pairs with and without ASD underwent cognitive/behavioral evaluation and magnetic resonance imaging to assess the thalamus...
September 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941388/high-frequency-of-s-aureus-mssa-mrsa-in-children-under-1-year-old-with-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
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Lorena Salazar, Judy Natalia Jimenez Quiceno
OBJECTIVE: Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for a large number of infections in pediatric population; however, information about the behavior of such infections in this population is limited. The aim of the study was to describe the clinical, epidemiological, and molecular characteristics of infections caused by methicillin-susceptible and resistant S. aureus (MSSA-MRSA) in a pediatric population. METHOD: A cross-sectional descriptive study in patients from birth to 14 years of age from three high-complexity institutions was conducted (2008-2010)...
September 20, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938011/a-novel-hazard-assessment-method-for-biomass-gasification-stations-based-on-extended-set-pair-analysis
#5
Fang Yan, Kaili Xu, Deshun Li, Zhikai Cui
Biomass gasification stations are facing many hazard factors, therefore, it is necessary to make hazard assessment for them. In this study, a novel hazard assessment method called extended set pair analysis (ESPA) is proposed based on set pair analysis (SPA). However, the calculation of the connection degree (CD) requires the classification of hazard grades and their corresponding thresholds using SPA for the hazard assessment. In regard to the hazard assessment using ESPA, a novel calculation algorithm of the CD is worked out when hazard grades and their corresponding thresholds are unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937503/patient-burden-of-axial-spondyloarthritis
#6
Vibeke Strand, Jasvinder A Singh
Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) is an inflammatory spondyloarthritis (SpA) that has significant impact on a patient's life. Symptoms, including fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and sexual dysfunction, can profoundly impact health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and limit work, leisure, and daily activities. Available therapies effectively manage pain and inflammation in early-stage disease, but patients often continue to experience impaired HRQoL. Thus, there remains a need for new therapies with novel mechanisms that can stop disease progression, potentially reverse damage caused by AxSpA and improve HRQoL in patients with AxSpA...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937474/patient-burden-of-axial-spondyloarthritis
#7
Vibeke Strand, Jasvinder A Singh
Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) is an inflammatory spondyloarthritis (SpA) that has significant impact on a patient's life. Symptoms, including fatigue, sleep problems, depression, and sexual dysfunction, can profoundly impact health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and limit work, leisure, and daily activities. Available therapies effectively manage pain and inflammation in early-stage disease, but patients often continue to experience impaired HRQoL. Thus, there remains a need for new therapies with novel mechanisms that can stop disease progression, potentially reverse damage caused by AxSpA and improve HRQoL in patients with AxSpA...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936572/spa-therapy-balneotherapy-relieves-mental-stress-sleep-disorder-and-general-health-problems-in-sub-healthy-people
#8
Bei Yang, Qi-Zhong Qin, Ling-Li Han, Jing Lin, Yu Chen
To investigate the relieving effects of hot spring balneotherapy on mental stress, sleep disorder, general health problems, and women's health problems in sub-healthy people, we recruited 500 volunteers in sub-health in Chongqing, and 362 volunteers completed the project, including 223 in the intervention group and 139 in the control group. The intervention group underwent hot spring balneotherapy for 5 months, while the control group did not. The two groups took questionnaire investigation (general data, mental stress, emotional status, sleep quality, general health problems, as well as some women's health problems) and physical examination (height, weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, blood lipid, blood sugar) 5 months before and after the intervention, respectively...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932243/sensitive-wavelengths-selection-in-identification-of-ophiopogon-japonicus-based-on-near-infrared-hyperspectral-imaging-technology
#9
Zhengyan Xia, Chu Zhang, Haiyong Weng, Pengcheng Nie, Yong He
Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) technology has increasingly been applied as an analytical tool in fields of agricultural, food, and Traditional Chinese Medicine over the past few years. The HSI spectrum of a sample is typically achieved by a spectroradiometer at hundreds of wavelengths. In recent years, considerable effort has been made towards identifying wavelengths (variables) that contribute useful information. Wavelengths selection is a critical step in data analysis for Raman, NIRS, or HSI spectroscopy. In this study, the performances of 10 different wavelength selection methods for the discrimination of Ophiopogon japonicus of different origin were compared...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932220/chalcone-attenuates-staphylococcus-aureus-virulence-by-targeting-sortase-a-and-alpha-hemolysin
#10
Bing Zhang, Zihao Teng, Xianhe Li, Gejin Lu, Xuming Deng, Xiaodi Niu, Jianfeng Wang
Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus) resistance, considered a dilemma for the clinical treatment of this bacterial infection, is becoming increasingly intractable. Novel anti-virulence strategies will undoubtedly provide a path forward in combating these resistant bacterial infections. Sortase A (SrtA), an enzyme responsible for anchoring virulence-related surface proteins, and alpha-hemolysin (Hla), a pore-forming cytotoxin, have aroused great scientific interest, as they have been regarded as targets for promising agents against S...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927248/comparison-of-two-methods-for-the-in-vivo-diagnosis-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-using-a-tablet-of-13c-urea
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Daniela Gilardi, Gionata Fiorino, Federica Furfaro, Marina F Alfieri, Ilaria Orlandi, Mariangela Allocca, Silvio Danese
BACKGROUND: The urea Breath-test is a widely-used method to detect the presence of Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection. Recently, new technologies were introduced, to obtain an immediate test result by continuous breath samples analysis after labeled urea intake. The total test duration is shorter than 20 minutes. METHODS: The study compared two diagnostic methods requiring the administration of EXPIROBACTER® (Sofar SpA, Trezzano Rosa, Milan, Italy) 100 mg as a source of labeled urea...
December 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926599/experimental-colitis-delays-and-reduces-the-severity-of-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-mice
#12
Julie Hablot, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, Tunay Kokten, Reine El Omar, Patrick Netter, Claire Bastien, Jean-Yves Jouzeau, Harry Sokol, David Moulin
Amongst extraintestinal manifestations (EIM) occurring in IBD patients, rheumatologic manifestations are the most frequent. Understanding the relationships between arthritis and colitis is a prerequisite to improving the management of these patients. Microbiota of patients with IBD or rheumatologic diseases, like spondyloarthritis (SpA) is modified compared to healthy individual. Thus, we have evaluated the impact of colitis in the development of arthritis in mice and we have analyzed microbiota changes. Collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) was induced at day 0 in DBA1 mice exposed or not to Dextran Sodium Sulfate (DSS) to induce colitis between day 14 and day 21...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918167/different-nutritional-assessment-tools-as-predictors-of-postoperative-complications-in-patients-undergoing-colorectal-cancer-resection
#13
Sílvia Fernandes Maurício, Jingjie Xiao, Carla M Prado, Maria Cristina Gonzalez, Maria Isabel Toulson Davisson Correia
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Malnutrition in patients with colorectal cancer contributes to increased postoperative complications. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prognostic value of several nutritional assessment parameters: body mass index versus percentage of weight loss grading system (BMI/%WL); Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA); standardized phase angle (SPA) by BIA; muscle strength by handgrip strength; muscle mass by computerized tomography; and the combination of muscle mass and strength in patients undergoing resection surgery...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917996/poor-efficacy-of-tnf-inhibitors-in-non-radiographic-axial-spondyloarthritis-in-the-absence-of-objective-signs-a-bicentric-retrospective-study
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Céline Vidal, Cédric Lukas, Bernard Combe, Francis Berenbaum, Yves Marie Pers, Christian Jorgensen, Jérémie Sellam, Jacques Morel
OBJECTIVE: To compare BASDAI 50 response rate to TNFi in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) depending on the presence or not of objective signs of axSpA and to look for predictive factors of TNFi efficacy. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with axSpA according to ASAS criteria "clinical arm" and treated between January 2001 and September 2015 with TNFi were included. First group included patients with at least one objective sign such as arthritis, dactylitis, enthesitis, uveitis, inflammatory bowel disease, elevated C-reactive protein or radiological sacroiliitis, and second group included non-radiographic axSpA (nr-axSpA) patients without any objective sign corresponding to patients with inflammatory back pain and either a good response to NSAID or a SpA family history...
September 13, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916545/serologic-evidence-of-gut-driven-systemic-inflammation-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
#15
Lampros Fotis, Nurmohammad Shaikh, Kevin W Baszis, Charles M Samson, Raffi Lev-Tzion, Anthony R French, Phillip I Tarr
OBJECTIVE: Accumulating evidence links juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) to nonhost factors such as gut microbes. We hypothesize that children with new-onset JIA have increased intestinal bacterial translocation and circulating lipopolysaccharide (LPS). METHODS: We studied systemic treatment-naive patients with JIA [polyarticular JIA, n = 22, oligoarticular JIA, n = 31, and spondyloarthropathies (SpA), n = 16], patients with established inflammatory bowel disease-related arthritis (IBD-RA, n = 11), and 34 healthy controls...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916003/genetic-diversity-and-antibiotic-susceptibility-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-wild-boars
#16
D Seinige, A Von Altrock, C Kehrenberg
We here report the occurrence of S. aureus in wild boars and characterize isolates genotypically and phenotypically in order to get knowledge about the occurrence of clonal lineages and genotypes in free-living wild animals. Forty-one S. aureus isolates obtained from 111 wild boars hunted in Lower Saxony, Germany, were investigated and compared to human and livestock isolates. The S. aureus belonged to multilocus sequence types ST1, ST7, ST30, ST133, ST425, ST804, ST890 and to the new ST3237, ST3238, ST3255 and ST3369...
October 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910361/fever-as-an-initial-manifestation-of-spondyloarthritis-a-retrospective-study
#17
Se Jin Byun, William Han Bae, Seung Min Jung, Sang-Won Lee, Yong-Beom Park, Jason Jungsik Song
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate a wide spectrum of clinical features of adult patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) whose initial manifestation was fever, using the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) classification criteria. METHODS: We retrospectively collected the electronic medical records of hospitalized SpA patients who initially presented to the Severance Hospital (Seoul, Korea) with fever from January 2010 to May 2016. As a control group, we also recruited one-hundred consecutive patients who were diagnosed with SpA in our outpatient clinic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905097/color-doppler-and-spectral-doppler-ultrasound-detection-of-active-sacroiliitis-in-spondyloarthritis-compared-to-physical-examination-as-gold-standard
#18
Concepción Castillo-Gallego, Eugenio De Miguel, Miriam García-Arias, Chamaida Plasencia, Leticia Lojo-Oliveira, Emilio Martín-Mola
Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) involvement is a distinctive feature of spondyloarthritis (SpA). The main objective of this study was to assess the validity of color Doppler ultrasound (CDUS) in SIJ. This was a cross-sectional, blinded, case-control study of 108 cases divided into three groups: (a) 53 SpA patients with inflammatory back pain (IBP); (b) 28 SpA patients with no IBP; and (c) 27 healthy mechanical lumbar pain subjects. Physical examinations of the SIJs were assessed as positive or negative in each SIJ and were used as the gold standard...
September 13, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904528/access-criteria-for-anti-tnf-agents-in-spondyloarthritis-influence-on-comparative-1-year-cost-effectiveness-estimates
#19
Stephanie Harvard, Daphne Guh, Nick Bansback, Pascal Richette, Alain Saraux, Bruno Fautrel, Aslam Anis
BACKGROUND: Anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents are an effective, but costly, treatment for spondyloarthritis (SpA). Worldwide, multiple sets of access criteria aim to restrict anti-TNF therapy to patients with specific clinical characteristics, yet the influence of access criteria on anti-TNF cost-effectiveness is unknown. Our objective was to use data from the DESIR cohort, a prospective study of early SpA patients in France, to determine whether the French anti-TNF access criteria are the most cost-effective in that setting relative to other potential restrictions...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900424/the-impact-of-the-staphylococcus-aureus-virulome-on-infection-in-a-developing-country-a-cohort-study
#20
Marthe Lebughe, Patrick Phaku, Silke Niemann, Dieudonné Mumba, Georg Peters, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Alexander Mellmann, Lena Strauß, Frieder Schaumburg
We performed a cohort study to analyze the virulome of Staphylococcus aureus from the Democratic Republic of the Congo using whole genome sequencing and to assess its impact on the course of S. aureus infections. Community-associated S. aureus from nasal colonization (n = 100) and infection (n = 86) were prospectively collected. Phenotypic susceptibility testing and WGS was done for each isolate. WGS data were used to screen for 79 different virulence factors and for genotyping purposes (spa typing, multilocus sequence typing)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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