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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926978/potential-blood-biomarkers-in-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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Pavel Kolkhir, Fiona Andre, Martin K Church, Marcus Maurer, Martin Metz
BACKGROUND: Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is a mast cell-driven disease that is defined as the recurrence of wheals, angioedema, or both for >6 weeks due to known or unknown causes. As of yet, disease diagnosis is purely clinical. Objective tools are needed to monitor the activity of CSU and the efficacy of treatment. Recently, several reports have suggested that blood parameters may be considered as potential disease-related biomarkers. OBJECTIVE: To review available literature on blood biomarkers for CSU diagnosis, activity monitoring, duration, patient subgroups allocation or response to treatment...
December 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926934/public-health-interventions-for-aedes-control-in-the-time-of-zikavirus-a-meta-review-on-effectiveness-of-vector-control-strategies
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Maha Bouzid, Julii Brainard, Lee Hooper, Paul R Hunter
BACKGROUND: There is renewed interest in effective measures to control Zika and dengue vectors. A synthesis of published literature with a focus on the quality of evidence is warranted to determine the effectiveness of vector control strategies. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a meta-review assessing the effectiveness of any Aedes control measure. We searched Scopus and Medline for relevant reviews through to May 2016. Titles, abstracts and full texts were assessed independently for inclusion by two authors...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926849/effects-of-dimethyl-sulfoxide-on-surface-water-near-phospholipid-bilayers
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Yuno Lee, Philip A Pincus, Changbong Hyeon
Despite much effort to probe the properties of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solution, the effects of DMSO on water, especially near plasma membrane surfaces, still remain elusive. By performing molecular dynamics simulations at varying DMSO concentrations (XDMSO), we study how DMSO affects structural and dynamical properties of water in the vicinity of phospholipid bilayers. As proposed by a number of experiments, our simulations confirm that DMSO induces dehydration from bilayer surfaces and disrupts the H-bond structure of water...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926846/alamethicin-supramolecular-organization-in-lipid-membranes-from-19-f-solid-state-nmr
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Evgeniy S Salnikov, Jesus Raya, Marta De Zotti, Ekaterina Zaitseva, Cristina Peggion, Gema Ballano, Claudio Toniolo, Jan Raap, Burkhard Bechinger
Alamethicins (ALMs) are antimicrobial peptides of fungal origin. Their sequences are rich in hydrophobic amino acids and strongly interact with lipid membranes, where they cause a well-defined increase in conductivity. Therefore, the peptides are thought to form transmembrane helical bundles in which the more hydrophilic residues line a water-filled pore. Whereas the peptide has been well characterized in terms of secondary structure, membrane topology, and interactions, much fewer data are available regarding the quaternary arrangement of the helices within lipid bilayers...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926842/intact-telopeptides-enhance-interactions-between-collagens
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Marjan Shayegan, Tuba Altindal, Evan Kiefl, Nancy R Forde
Collagen is the fundamental structural component of a wide range of connective tissues and of the extracellular matrix. It undergoes self-assembly from individual triple-helical proteins into well-ordered fibrils, a process that is key to tissue development and homeostasis, and to processes such as wound healing. Nucleation of this assembly is known to be slowed considerably by pepsin removal of short nonhelical regions that flank collagen's triple helix, known as telopeptides. Using optical tweezers to perform microrheology measurements, we explored the changes in viscoelasticity of solutions of collagen with and without intact telopeptides...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926762/association-of-arterial-and-lymph-node-inflammation-with-distinct-inflammatory-pathways-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Ahmed Tawakol, Amorina Ishai, Danny Li, Richard A P Takx, Sophia Hur, Yannick Kaiser, Miguel Pampaloni, Adam Rupert, Denise Hsu, Irini Sereti, Rémi Fromentin, Nicolas Chomont, Peter Ganz, Steven G Deeks, Priscilla Y Hsue
Importance: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular disease and increased arterial inflammation. In HIV, inflammation is also increased within lymph nodes (LNs), tissues known to harbor the virus even among treated and suppressed individuals. Objective: To test the hypothesis that arterial inflammation is linked to HIV disease activity and to inflammation within HIV-infected tissues (LNs). Design, Setting, and Participants: For this case-control study, participants were recruited from the SCOPE (Observational Study of the Consequences of the Protease Inhibitor Era) cohort, a clinic-based cohort of individuals receiving care at San Francisco General Hospital and the San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926760/epidermal-nerve-fiber-quantification-in-patients-with-erythromelalgia
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William G Mantyh, P James B Dyck, Peter J Dyck, Janean K Engelstad, William J Litchy, Paola Sandroni, Mark D P Davis
Importance: Erythromelalgia is a clinical diagnosis based on intermittent warmth, erythema, and pain in the distal extremities. One problem facing physicians is how to objectively test for this disease. Given that other painful conditions of the distal extremities (ie, neuropathy related to human immunodeficiency virus, diabetes, or Fabry disease) can be evaluated with a skin biopsy to visualize pathologically decreased densities of the small nerve fibers that innervate the epidermis, one hypothesis is that erythromelalgia could similarly be associated with a loss of epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD)...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926758/association-between-surgeon-scorecard-use-and-operating-room-costs
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Corinna C Zygourakis, Victoria Valencia, Christopher Moriates, Christy K Boscardin, Sereina Catschegn, Alvin Rajkomar, Kevin J Bozic, Kent Soo Hoo, Andrew N Goldberg, Lawrence Pitts, Michael T Lawton, R Adams Dudley, Ralph Gonzales
Importance: Despite the significant contribution of surgical spending to health care costs, most surgeons are unaware of their operating room costs. Objective: To examine the association between providing surgeons with individualized cost feedback and surgical supply costs in the operating room. Design, Setting, and Participants: The OR Surgical Cost Reduction (OR SCORE) project was a single-health system, multihospital, multidepartmental prospective controlled study in an urban academic setting...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926755/surface-area-of-detachment-proliferative-vitreoretinopathy-and-pulse-pressure-but-not-ages-are-associated-with-retinal-redetachment
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Bernardina T Fokkens, Douwe J Mulder, Michiel B Nugteren, Casper G Schalkwijk, Jean L Scheijen, Andries J Smit, Leonoor I Los
Purpose: Advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) have been suggested to play a role in retinal redetachment by promoting proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether AGEs, in combination with other clinical characteristics, were able to identify patients at high risk for redetachment after vitrectomy for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD). Methods: In this prospective cohort study, 410 RRD patients were included...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926745/a-retrospective-examination-of-the-effect-of-diabetes-on-sensory-processing-in-older-adults
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Larry E Humes
Purpose: The purpose of this article is to examine retrospectively the impact of diabetes mellitus on auditory, visual, and tactile processing in older adults. Method: Fourteen (10.4%) of a sample of 135 older adults self-reported the presence of diabetes mellitus in a study of sensory and cognitive processing across the adult lifespan. In this study, the performance of the subgroup with diabetes on a number of psychophysical sensory-processing measures was compared with that of the 121 older adults without diabetes...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926675/improvement-in-total-joint-replacement-quality-metrics-year-one-versus-year-three-of-the-bundled-payments-for-care-improvement-initiative
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John M Dundon, Joseph Bosco, James Slover, Stephen Yu, Yousuf Sayeed, Richard Iorio
BACKGROUND: In January 2013, a large, tertiary, urban academic medical center began participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative for total joint arthroplasty, a program implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011. Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs) 469 and 470 were included. We participated in BPCI Model 2, by which an episode of care includes the inpatient and all post-acute care costs through 90 days following discharge...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926673/guideline-for-c1-lateral-mass-and-c2-pedicle-screw-choices-in-children-younger-than-6-years
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Daoyang Fan, Ruipeng Song, Min Zhang, Ruimin Bai, Yue Li, Zhen Zhang, Han Wu, Yuqiang Wang, Liang Zhao, Wenfei Gao, Hui Dong, Wensheng Liao, Yilin Liu, Yi Zhang, Limin Wang, Weidong Wang
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the most feasible choice of C1 lateral mass (C1LM) and C2 pedicle (C2P) screw in upper cervical surgeries for children younger than 6 years. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The C1LM and C2P screw technique is a stable cervical vertebrae internal fixation method in upper cervical surgery. Some tomographic studies have indicated the feasibility of insertion of C1LM and C2P screws in children...
December 6, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926631/effect-of-pectoral-electrostimulation-on-reduction-of-mammary-ptosis-after-bariatric-surgery
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Jaime Ruiz-Tovar, Carolina Llavero
BACKGROUND: Over 90% of women report to be very dissatisfied with the aspect of their breast after bariatric surgery. Breast reconstructive surgeries are often not funded by the National Health Service or private health insurances in many countries and the patient must pay a high economic amount to undergo it. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective randomized clinical trial of patients undergoing bariatric surgery was performed. Patients were randomly assigned into 3 groups: patients undergoing percutaneous electrostimulation of the pectoral muscle combined with specific training (group 1), patients doing the specific training alone (group 2), and patients without any specific treatment (group 3)...
December 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926626/frailty-assessed-by-the-forecast-is-a-valid-tool-to-predict-short-term-outcome-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Adrian R Kobe, Alexander Meyer, Hassan Elmubarak, Jörg Kempfert, Jovana Pavicevic, Francesco Maisano, Thomas Walther, Volkmar Falk, Simon H Sündermann
OBJECTIVE: The term frailty is frequently used during decision-making in transcatheter heart valve procedures. Nevertheless, frailty is still measured by eyeballing rather than by using standardized frailty assessments. In a previous study, we developed a frailty score in a cardiac surgical patient population including patients, who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Here, we present the results from the subsequent validation study focusing on the TAVR cohort. METHODS: One hundred thirty patients underwent TAVR...
December 6, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926615/coronary-artery-evaluation-by-screening-echocardiogram-in-intercollegiate-athletes
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Walter J Hoyt, Peter N Dean, Daniel S Schneider, Mark R Conaway, Christopher M Kramer, Robert W Battle
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery anomalies are the second most common congenital cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes. Some centers have advocated for limited transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) protocols in the screening of college athletes, which may miss important causes of SCD. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of screening TTE to determine origin and proximal course of the coronary arteries in intercollegiate athletes...
December 6, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926579/the-influence-of-coronary-plaque-morphology-assessed-by-optical-coherence-tomography-on-final-microvascular-function-after-stenting-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Giovanni L De Maria, Niket Patel, Mathias Wolfrum, Gregor Fahrni, George Kassimis, Italo Porto, Sam Dawkins, Robin P Choudhury, John C Forfar, Bernard D Prendergast, Keith M Channon, Rajesh K Kharbanda, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Adrian P Banning
OBJECTIVES: The index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) provides a reproducible assessment of the status of coronary microvasculature in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) enables detailed assessment of the morphology of coronary plaque.We sought to determine the influence of the initial culprit coronary plaque anatomy within the infarct-related artery on IMR after stenting in STEMI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 25 STEMI patients IMR was measured immediately before and after stent implantation...
December 6, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926563/truth-in-reporting-how-data-capture-methods-obfuscate-actual-surgical-site-infection-rates-within-a-health-care-network-system
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Liliana Bordeianou, Christy E Cauley, Donna Antonelli, Sarah Bird, David Rattner, Matthew Hutter, Sadiqa Mahmood, Deborah Schnipper, Marc Rubin, Ronald Bleday, Pardon Kenney, David Berger
BACKGROUND: Two systems measure surgical site infection rates following colorectal surgeries: the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pay-for-performance initiatives use National Healthcare Safety Network data for hospital comparisons. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare database concordance...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926555/avoiding-radical-surgery-in-elderly-patients-with-rectal-cancer-is-cost-effective
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Christopher Rao, Arthur Sun Myint, Thanos Athanasiou, Omar Faiz, Antony Paul Martin, Brendan Collins, Fraser McLean Smith
BACKGROUND: Radical surgery is associated with significant perioperative mortality in elderly and comorbid populations. Emerging data suggest for patients with a clinical complete response after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy that a watch-and-wait approach may provide equivalent survival and oncological outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the cost-effectiveness of watch and wait and radical surgery for patients with rectal cancer after a clinical complete response following chemoradiotherapy...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926445/rewarding-feedback-promotes-motor-skill-consolidation-via-striatal-activity
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M Widmer, N Ziegler, J Held, A Luft, K Lutz
Knowledge of performance can activate the striatum, a key region of the reward system and highly relevant for motivated behavior. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, striatal activity linked to knowledge of performance was measured during the training of a repetitive arc-tracking task. Knowledge of performance was given after a random selection of trials or after good performance. The third group received knowledge of performance after good performance plus a monetary reward. Skill learning was measured from pre- to post- (acquisition) and from post- to 24h posttraining (consolidation)...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926439/competition-testosterone-and-adult-neurobehavioral-plasticity
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A B Losecaat Vermeer, I Riečanský, C Eisenegger
Motivation in performance is often measured via competitions. Winning a competition has been found to increase the motivation to perform in subsequent competitions. One potential neurobiological mechanism that regulates the motivation to compete involves sex hormones, such as the steroids testosterone and estradiol. A wealth of studies in both nonhuman animals and humans have shown that a rise in testosterone levels before and after winning a competition enhances the motivation to compete. There is strong evidence for acute behavioral effects in response to steroid hormones...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
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