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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526894/association-of-hla-b27-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-clinical-features-of-the-hla-b27-associated-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-meta-analysis
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Hai Lin, Yi-Zhen Gong
Many studies have estimated the correlation between HLA-B27 polymorphisms and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). However, the results were controversial. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to determine the association of HLA-B*27 polymorphisms with AS and investigate the impacts of HLA-B27 on the clinical symptoms of AS patients. A comprehensive search was performed in PubMed, Web of Science and Embase databases to retrieve the eligible studies, which addressed the association between HLA-B27 polymorphisms and AS susceptibility...
May 19, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525406/blood-pressure-among-australian-aboriginal-children
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Nicholas Larkins, Armando Teixeira-Pinto, Emily Banks, Hasantha Gunasekera, Alan Cass, Jane Kearnes, Jonathan C Craig
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of elevated blood pressure (BP) and potential predictors of SBP and DBP in urban Australian aboriginal children. METHODS: The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health is a prospective cohort study of urban Aboriginal children attending four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in New South Wales, Australia. Clinical measures included a manual BP measured by research officers using standardized protocols...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525198/-multiple-and-recurrent-cutaneous-abscesses-diagnosis-approach
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N Sène, V Del Marmol
INTRODUCTION: The cutaneous abscess commonly occurs in the medical practice, its management being well known. However, atypical cases - multiple occurrence, recurrence and/or resistance to classical treatment can be very challenging for the physician. These cases can be addressed for consultation in several medical specialties depending the age of the patient and the site of the lesions. The systematization of the diagnostic approach would have a great impact for the clinical practice...
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523377/mining-lipolytic-enzymes-in-community-dna-from-high-andean-soils-using-a-targeted-approach
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Daniel Borda-Molina, José Salvador Montaña, María Mercedes Zambrano, Sandra Baena
Microbial enrichments cultures are a useful strategy to speed up the search for enzymes that can be employed in industrial processes. Lipases have gained special attention because they show unique properties such as: broad substrate specificity, enantio- and regio-selectivity and stability in organic solvents. A major goal is to identify novel lipolytic enzymes from microorganisms living in cold extreme environments such as high Andean soils, of relevance to our study being their capability be used in industrial processes...
May 18, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523013/genome-analysis-of-conserved-dehydrin-motifs-in-vascular-plants
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Ahmad A Malik, Michael Veltri, Kelly F Boddington, Karamjeet K Singh, Steffen P Graether
Dehydrins, a large family of abiotic stress proteins, are defined by the presence of a mostly conserved motif known as the K-segment, and may also contain two other conserved motifs known as the Y-segment and S-segment. Using the dehydrin literature, we developed a sequence motif definition of the K-segment, which we used to create a large dataset of dehydrin sequences by searching the Pfam00257 dehydrin dataset and the Phytozome 10 sequences of vascular plants. A comprehensive analysis of these sequences reveals that lysine residues are highly conserved in the K-segment, while the amino acid type is often conserved at other positions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522348/the-impact-of-genetic-and-experimental-studies-on-classification-and-therapy-of-the-epilepsies
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REVIEW
Giuliano Avanzini, Massimo Mantegazza, Benedetta Terragni, Laura Canafoglia, Paolo Scalmani, Silvana Franceschetti
Different types of epilepsy are associated with gene mutations, in which seizures can be the only symptom (genetic epilepsies) or be one of the elements of complex clinical pictures that are often progressive over time (epileptic or epileptogenic encephalopathies). In epileptogenic encephalopathies, epileptic seizures and other neurological and cognitive signs are symptoms of genetically determined neuropathological or neurochemical disorders. In epileptic encephalopathies, epileptic activity itself is thought to contribute to severe cognitive and behavioral impairments above and beyond what might be expected from the underlying pathology alone...
May 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521648/an-exploratory-study-of-the-experience-of-fibromyalgia-diagnosis-in-south-africa
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Silvie Cooper, Leah Gilbert
Within the conceptual framework of 'medically-ill-defined' conditions, this article focuses on the experiences of 'diagnosis' through a narrative analysis of fibromyalgia (a chronic musculoskeletal pain disorder) in South Africa. In-depth interviews were used to collect narratives from 15 participants. The findings show how the contested and confusing experience of fibromyalgia diagnosis can be understood, by viewing the interactions that patients have with their practitioners, families, peers and colleagues...
May 2017: Health (London)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521379/-compatibility-of-work-and-family-life-of-employees-in-the-healthcare-sector-an-issue-in-health-services-research
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Matthias Lukasczik, Jutta Ahnert, Veronika Ströbl, Heiner Vogel, Carolin Donath, Ilka Enger, Elmar Gräßel, Lena Heyelmann, Heidemarie Lux, Jochen Maurer, Dominik Özbe, Stefanie Spieckenbaum, Elzbieta Voigtländer, Manfred Wildner, Andreas Zapf, Angela Zellner, Alfons Hollederer
Background Healthcare professionals are confronted with specific work-related demands that influence work-family relations and might indirectly affect the quality of healthcare. This paper seeks to provide an overview of the current state of research on this topic of relevance to health services research. The overview may serve as a starting point for modifying structures in the healthcare system (especially in rural regions) with the aim of improving work-family compatibility. Methods A systematic national and international literature search was conducted in terms of a scoping review...
May 18, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521207/strategies-to-support-transitions-from-hospital-to-home-for-children-with-medical-complexity-a-scoping-review
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Sydney Breneol, Julia Belliveau, Christine Cassidy, Janet A Curran
BACKGROUND: Children with medical complexity constitute a small but resource-intensive subgroup of children with special health care needs. Their medical fragility and resource-intensive needs put them at greater risk for inadequate transitions from hospital to home-based care, and subsequent adverse outcomes and hospital re-admissions. OBJECTIVE: This scoping literature review was conducted to map empirically researched interventions, frameworks, programs or models that could inform or support the transition from hospital to home for children with medical complexity...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521000/the-ecology-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamases-esbls-in-the-developed-world
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Yohei Doi, Alina Iovleva, Robert A Bonomo
Background: Since the initial appearance in the 1980s, Enterobacteriaceae producing extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) have increased in prevalence and emerged as a major antimicrobial-resistant pathogen. The source of these antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in the developed world is an area of active investigation. Methods: A standard internet search was conducted with a focus on the epidemiology and potential sources of ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae in the developed world...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515463/enzyme-characteristics-of-pathogen-specific-trehalose-6-phosphate-phosphatases
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Megan Cross, Siji Rajan, Janine Chekaiban, Jake Saunders, Chloe Hamilton, Jeong-Sun Kim, Mark J Coster, Robin B Gasser, Andreas Hofmann
Owing to the key role of trehalose in pathogenic organisms, there has recently been growing interest in trehalose metabolism for therapeutic purposes. Trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase (TPP) is a pivotal enzyme in the most prominent biosynthesis pathway (OtsAB). Here, we compare the enzyme characteristics of recombinant TPPs from five important nematode and bacterial pathogens, including three novel members of this protein family. Analysis of the kinetics of trehalose-6-phosphate hydrolysis reveals that all five enzymes display a burst-like kinetic behaviour which is characterised by a decrease of the enzymatic rate after the pre-steady state...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515182/health-assets-in-older-age-a-systematic-review
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Yvonne Claire Hornby-Turner, Nancye May Peel, Ruth Eleanor Hubbard
BACKGROUND: Finding ways to optimise health in older age is key to reducing the impact of population ageing on health and social care systems. A salutogenic approach takes into account an individual's health assets-internal or external strengths or accessible resources which improve and preserve physical, social and mental wellness, independence and quality of life. The aim of this narrative systematic review was to provide a summary and appraisal of the evidence for factors that act as health assets within personal, social, economic and environmental domains...
May 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515040/a-systematic-review-of-overlapping-microrna-patterns-in-systemic-sclerosis-and-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Gianluca Bagnato, William Neal Roberts, Jesse Roman, Sebastiano Gangemi
Lung fibrosis can be observed in systemic sclerosis and in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, two disorders where lung involvement carries a poor prognosis. Although much has been learned about the pathogenesis of these conditions, interventions capable of reversing or, at the very least, halting disease progression are not available. Recent studies point to the potential role of micro messenger RNAs (microRNAs) in cancer and tissue fibrogenesis. MicroRNAs are short non-coding RNA sequences (20-23 nucleotides) that are endogenous, evolutionarily conserved and encoded in the genome...
June 30, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514749/a-variant-in-sirt2-gene-3-utr-is-associated-with-susceptibility-to-colorectal-cancer
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Yong Yang, Jie Ding, Zhi-Gang Gao, Zhen-Jun Wang
SIRT2 is a member of sirtuin family and is associated with cell growth in various cancers. In this study, we searched for variants in functional region of SIRT2 gene and identify rs2015 and rs2241703 in the 3'UTR with minor allele frequency >0.05 in Chinese Han Beijing population from 1000 Genomes Project. We then genotyped these two variants in 842 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients and 1,718 healthy controls using Taqman genotyping assay. Association between variants and risk of CRC is calculated using logistic regression adjusted for sex and age...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514307/exome-sequencing-identifies-a-de-novo-mutation-of-ctnnb1-gene-in-a-patient-mainly-presented-with-retinal-detachment-lens-and-vitreous-opacities-microcephaly-and-developmental-delay-case-report-and-literature-review
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Niu Li, Yufei Xu, Guoqiang Li, Tingting Yu, Ru-En Yao, Xiumin Wang, Jian Wang
RATIONALE: The CTNNB1 (β-catenin) gene is well known for its crucial role in cell adhesion and the Wnt-signaling pathway. Previous studies have shown that gain-of-function mutations in the CTNNB1 gene contribute to the occurrence and development of a variety of carcinomas in humans. Recently, de novo, heterozygous, loss-of-function mutations of the CTNNB1 gene were found that partially explain intellectual disability in some patients. Other major clinical symptoms in these patients included microcephaly, abnormal facial features, motor delays, speech impairments, and deformities of the hands and feet...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513766/intervening-factors-for-the-initiation-of-treatment-of-patients-with-stomach-and-colorectal-cancer
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Thaína Dalla Valle, Ruth Natalia Teresa Turrini, Vanessa de Brito Poveda
Objective: to identify the time between symptoms, the request for care and the beginning of treatment in patients with stomach and colorectal cancer as well as the factors that interfere in these processes. Method: correlational descriptive study, including 101 patients diagnosed with stomach or colorectal cancer, treated in a hospital specialized in oncology. Results: the 101 patients investigated there was predominance of males, mean age of 61...
May 15, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511880/-the-tired-adolescent-evaluation-and-management-in-the-family-practice
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J P Cárdenas Villamil, A I Cavanzo Ramírez, J G García Manrique
The narrative review is used as a methodological tool for the presentation of this article. A search was made in the PubMed, Elsevier, Ebsco, and Medline databases using temporal limits (publications from 2005 to 2016), in the Spanish, English, and Portuguese language, and by the type of persons analysed in the study (adolescents), along with the keywords in English: Adolescent/teen, tiredness, fatigue, sleepiness, drowsiness. A total of 33 articles of relevance were obtained for the diagnostic and therapeutic approach of the tired adolescent in Primary Care...
May 13, 2017: Semergen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511738/positive-psychology-outcome-measures-for-family-caregivers-of-people-living-with-dementia-a-systematic-review
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Jacki Stansfeld, Charlotte R Stoner, Jennifer Wenborn, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Esme Moniz-Cook, Martin Orrell
BACKGROUND: Family caregivers of people living with dementia can have both positive and negative experiences of caregiving. Despite this, existing outcome measures predominately focus on negative aspects of caregiving such as burden and depression. This review aimed to evaluate the development and psychometric properties of existing positive psychology measures for family caregivers of people living with dementia to determine their potential utility in research and practice. METHOD: A systematic review of positive psychology outcome measures for family caregivers of people with dementia was conducted...
May 17, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511672/crmapk3-regulates-the-expression-of-iron-deficiency-responsive-genes-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Xiaowen Fei, Junmei Yu, Yajun Li, Xiaodong Deng
BACKGROUND: Under iron-deficient conditions, Chlamydomonas exhibits high affinity for iron absorption. Nevertheless, the response, transmission, and regulation of downstream gene expression in algae cells have not to be investigated. Considering that the MAPK pathway is essential for abiotic stress responses, we determined whether this pathway is involved in iron deficiency signal transduction in Chlamydomonas. RESULTS: Arabidopsis MAPK gene sequences were used as entry data to search for homologous genes in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii genome database to investigate the functions of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) gene family in C...
May 16, 2017: BMC Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509404/family-therapy-for-autism-spectrum-disorders
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REVIEW
Debbie Spain, Jacqueline Sin, Eleni Paliokosta, Marie Furuta, Jonathan E Prunty, Trudie Chalder, Declan G Murphy, Francesca G Happé
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterised by impairments in communication and reciprocal social interaction. These impairments can impact on relationships with family members, augment stress and frustration, and contribute to behaviours that can be described as challenging. Family members of individuals with ASD can experience high rates of carer stress and burden, and poor parental efficacy. While there is evidence to suggest that individuals with ASD and family members derive benefit from psychological interventions designed to reduce stress and mental health morbidity, and enhance coping, most studies to date have targeted the needs of either individuals with ASD, or family members...
May 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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