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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643544/varicella-zoster-meningovasculitis-in-a-multiple-sclerosis-patient-treated-with-natalizumab
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Patricia Mulero, Cristina Auger, Laura Parolin, Elena Fonseca, Manuel Requena, Jordi Rio, Mar Tintoré, Alex Rovira, Xavier Montalban
BACKGROUND: Natalizumab is associated with the occasional occurrence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). While natalizumab-associated PML is well described in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, herpes and other infections have rarely been reported. OBJECTIVE: To report a case of varicella-zoster (VZV) meningovasculitis in a MS patient treated with natalizumab. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 48-year-old woman diagnosed with MS in treatment with natalizumab (Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS): 4...
June 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642741/the-hyperarid-core-of-the-atacama-desert-an-extremely-dry-and-carbon-deprived-habitat-of-potential-interest-for-the-field-of-carbon-science
#2
Armando Azua-Bustos, Carlos González-Silva, Gino Corsini
The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest and oldest desert on Earth, also considered one of the best Mars analog models. Here, several heterotrophic microbial communities have been discovered in its driest regions, with the ones present in the soil subsurface being one of the most interesting due to its existence in a habitat with almost no water available and almost undetectable organic carbon sources. Our recent discovery of the driest site of the Atacama known to date (and the heterotrophic microbial species that are able to survive in this site) reaffirms the opportunity to better characterize the physiological and molecular mechanisms that these species use to detect, mobilize, incorporate and use carbon under these extremely harsh conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642613/protecting-visual-short-term-memory-during-maintenance-attentional-modulation-of-target-and-distractor-representations
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Marlies E Vissers, Rasa Gulbinaite, Tijl van den Bos, Heleen A Slagter
In the presence of distraction, attentional filtering is a key predictor of efficient information storage in visual short-term memory (VSTM). Yet, the role of attention in distractor filtering, and the extent to which attentional filtering continues to protect information during post-perceptual stages of VSTM, remains largely unknown. In the current study, we investigated the role of spatial attention in distractor filtering during VSTM encoding and maintenance. Participants performed a change detection task with varying distractor load...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642146/is-antimicrobial-stewardship-cost-effective-a-narrative-review-of-the-evidence
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Nichola R Naylor, Nina Zhu, Marlies Hulscher, Alison Holmes, Raheelah Ahmad, Julie V Robotham
AIMS: This narrative review aimed to collate recent evidence on the cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programmes, to address the question "is AMS cost-effective?", whilst providing resources and guidance for future research in this area. SOURCES: PubMed was searched for studies assessing the cost-effectiveness, cost-utility or cost-benefit of AMS interventions in humans, published from January 2000 to March 2017, with no setting inclusion/exclusion criteria specified...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641865/influence-of-baseline-meld-score-in-the-efficacy-of-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-with-simeprevir-and-sofosbuvir
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José María Moreno-Planas, Juan Ramón Larrubia-Marfil, Juan José Sánchez-Ruano, Julia Morillas-Ariño, Roberto Patón-Arenas, Rosa María Sáiz-Chumillas, Emilia Tébar-Romero, Alfredo Lucendo-Villarín, Pilar Gancedo-Bringas, Mario Solera-Muñoz, María Del Mar Vicente-Gutiérrez, Elisa Martínez-Alfaro
INTRODUCTION: There are few published studies on predictors of response to treatment with sofosbuvir and simeprevir in HCV patients. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to analyse possible predictors of response to simeprevir (SMV) and sofosbuvir (SOF) in patients infected with hepatitis C genotypes 1 or 4. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Prospective observational cohort study in 12 hospitals. The primary efficacy endpoint was SVR rate 12 weeks after end of treatment (SVR12)...
June 19, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641354/-acute-liver-failure-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-hepatorenal-syndrome-hepatopulmonary-syndrome-and-portopulmonary-hypertension-artificial-liver-support-on-the-icu
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Uwe Lodes, David Jacob, Frank Meyer
Background Acute hepatic dysfunction in the form of acute liver failure (ALF) or acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) is a disease with a high risk of mortality and requires interdisciplinary intensive care. Aim This article explains the nomenclature, pathophysiology, prognosis and possible treatment options of ALF and ACLF, including the possibilities of extracorporeal liver support therapy at the point of liver transplantation (LTx). Method Narrative review with a selective literature review and representative case studies...
June 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641327/correction-to-mathieu-d-marroni-a-kot-j-tenth-european-consensus-conference-on-hyperbaric-medicine-recommendations-for-accepted-and-non-accepted-clinical-indications-and-practice-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-treatment-diving-hyperb-med-2017-mar-47-1-24-32
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Daniel Mathieu, Alessandro Marroni, Jacek Kot
Consistent with the Committee on Publication Ethics guidelines, we the above authors are initiating a partial retraction and correction of our paper: Mathieu D, Marroni A, Kot J: Tenth European Consensus Conference on Hyperbaric Medicine: recommendations for accepted and non-accepted clinical indications and practice of hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Diving Hyperb Med. 2017 Mar;47(1):24-32. We wish to make the following statement: "Regardless of the strict process of editing and proof-reading of tables included in the above-mentioned publication, we received some comments from readers which showed us that imperfect layout of Table 1 and incorrect layout of Table 2 changed significantly the conclusions which could be drawn from them...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641230/combining-chemometric-tools-for-assessing-hazard-sources-and-factors-acting-simultaneously-in-contaminated-areas-case-study-mar-piccolo-taranto-south-italy
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Matilda Mali, Maria Michela Dell'Anna, Michele Notarnicola, Leonardo Damiani, Piero Mastrorilli
Almost all marine coastal ecosystems possess complex structural and dynamic characteristics, which are influenced by anthropogenic causes and natural processes as well. Revealing the impact of sources and factors controlling the spatial distributions of contaminants within highly polluted areas is a fundamental propaedeutic step of their quality evaluation. Combination of different pattern recognition techniques, applied to one of the most polluted Mediterranean coastal basin, resulted in a more reliable hazard assessment...
June 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641217/the-aggressor-at-the-mirror-psychiatric-correlates-of-deliberate-self-harm-in-male-prison-inmates
#9
N Verdolini, A Murru, L Attademo, R Garinella, I Pacchiarotti, C Del Mar Bonnin, L Samalin, L Pauselli, M Piselli, A Tamantini, R Quartesan, A F Carvalho, E Vieta, A Tortorella
BACKGROUND: Deliberate self-harm (DSH) causes important concern in prison inmates as it worsens morbidity and increases the risk for suicide. The aim of the present study is to investigate the prevalence and correlates of DSH in a large sample of male prisoners. METHODS: A cross-sectional study evaluated male prisoners aged 18+ years. Current and lifetime psychiatric diagnoses were assessed with the Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - DSM-IV Axis I and Axis II Disorders and with the Addiction Severity Index-Expanded Version...
April 14, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641187/multi-criteria-decision-support-system-dss-for-optimal-locations-of-soil-aquifer-treatment-sat-facilities
#10
P Tsangaratos, A Kallioras, Th Pizpikis, E Vasileiou, I Ilia, F Pliakas
Managed Aquifer Recharge is a wide-spread well-established groundwater engineering method which is largely seen as sound and sustainable solution to water scarcity hydrologically sensitive areas, such as the Circum Mediterranean. The process of site selection for the installation of a MAR facility is of paramount importance for the feasibility and effectiveness of the project itself, especially when the facility will include the use of waters of impaired quality as a recharge source, as in the case of Soil-Aquifer-Treatment systems...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640497/multiple-asymptomatic-papules-on-the-face-and-thorax
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Marlies Wruhs, Robert Feldmann, Friedrich Breier, Andreas Steiner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640335/construction-and-content-validation-of-checklist-for-patient-safety-in-emergency-care
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Marly Ryoko Amaya, Danieli Parreira da Silva Stalisz da Paixão, Leila Maria Mansano Sarquis, Elaine Drehmer de Almeida Cruz
Objective: To construct and validate a checklist for patient safety in emergency care. Method: This is methodological research conducted in Curitiba, in 2015, with construction and validation stages. The checklist was based on the guidelines of the Brazilian patient safety programme and validated online using the Delphi method, with a questionnaire, and with the participation of 23 Brazilian specialists in the first round and 20 in the second round. The data were analysed using the Content Validity Index (CVI), Cronbach's α, and Fisher's Exact Test...
June 5, 2017: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640244/systematic-design-and-comparison-of-expanded-carrier-screening-panels
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Kyle A Beauchamp, Dale Muzzey, Kenny K Wong, Gregory J Hogan, Kambiz Karimi, Sophie I Candille, Nikita Mehta, Rebecca Mar-Heyming, K Eerik Kaseniit, H Peter Kang, Eric A Evans, James D Goldberg, Gabriel A Lazarin, Imran S Haque
PurposeThe recent growth in pan-ethnic expanded carrier screening (ECS) has raised questions about how such panels might be designed and evaluated systematically. Design principles for ECS panels might improve clinical detection of at-risk couples and facilitate objective discussions of panel choice.MethodsGuided by medical-society statements, we propose a method for the design of ECS panels that aims to maximize the aggregate and per-disease sensitivity and specificity across a range of Mendelian disorders considered serious by a systematic classification scheme...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639749/evaluation-of-the-in%C3%A2-vivo-cosmetic-efficacy-of-the-mfiii-blue-cell-serum-gel-one-and-two-month-test-results
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Dina Tukhvatullina, Alain Béguin, Henry Pong, Maria Del Mar Cabarbas, Dmitry Klokol, Mike Ks Chan, Michelle B F Wong
INTRODUCTION: Skin is changing over time showing signs of aging: dryness, increase in visual and tactile roughness, decrease in collagen content and stiffness, and eventually formation of deep and surface wrinkles, and fine lines. METHODS: Eight-week open experimental study was conducted to test efficacy of MFIII Blue Cell Serum Gel. Main criteria to determine product efficacy by following skin biophysical techniques were as follows: skin moisturization, firmness, epidermal and dermal density, skin surface properties and sebum level, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639617/gene-therapy-for-spinomuscular-atrophy-a-biomedical-advance-a-missed-opportunity-for-more-equitable-drug-pricing
#15
T Friedmann
An experimental approach for gene therapy of spinomuscular atrophy has been reported to prevent development of the neuromuscular features of this lethal and previously untreatable disorder. The approach involves treatment of patients suffering from SMN1-associated infantile form of the disease with a splice-switching antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) that corrects aberrant splicing of the nearly identical SMN2 gene to allow the generation of functional SMN protein, thereby mitigating the development of the disease...
June 22, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637075/-vitamins-and-minerals-in-oncology
#16
Julian Walter Holch, Marlies Michl, Volker Heinemann, Nicole Erickson
The use of vitamins and minerals to prevent cancer as well as their supportive use in oncological patients is widespread and often occurs without the knowledge of the treating physician. Beyond general recommendations with regard to a balanced and healthy diet, no evidence exists supporting the use of vitamins and minerals in the prevention of cancer. Furthermore, the diet of oncological patients should contain vitamins and minerals of the same quantity as for healthy individuals. In particular, there is currently no rationale for a high-dosage administration of antioxidants...
June 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636931/p53-prohibits-propagation-of-chromosome-segregation-errors-that-produce-structural-aneuploidies
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Mar Soto, Jonne A Raaijmakers, Bjorn Bakker, Diana C J Spierings, Peter M Lansdorp, Floris Foijer, René H Medema
The presence of an abnormal karyotype has been shown to be profoundly detrimental at the cellular and organismal levels but is an overt hallmark of cancer. Aneuploidy can lead to p53 activation and thereby prevents proliferation, but the exact trigger for p53 activation has remained controversial. Here, we have used a system to induce aneuploidy in untransformed human cells to explore how cells deal with different segregation errors. We show that p53 is activated only in a subset of the cells with altered chromosome content...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634371/factors-related-to-good-asthma-control-using-different-medical-adherence-scales-in-latvian-asthma-patients-an-observational-study
#18
Dins Smits, Girts Brigis, Jana Pavare, Baiba Maurina, Noël Christopher Barengo
One of the main challenges in asthma control is adherence to pharmaceutical treatment. The aim of this study was to test the association between adherence to asthma medication, control and medical beliefs, cognitive and emotional perceptions using three different validated questionnaires. Beliefs about asthma medicine, cognitive and emotional factors were determined in a cross-sectional survey of patients attending outpatient pulmonologist practices in Latvia (n = 352). The validated Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire and the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire were used...
June 20, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633911/fate-of-metals-and-emissions-of-organic-pollutants-from-torrefaction-of-waste-wood-msw-and-rdf
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Mar Edo, Nils Skoglund, Qiuju Gao, Per-Erik Persson, Stina Jansson
Torrefaction of municipal solid waste (MSW), refuse-derived fuel (RDF), and demolition and construction wood (DC) was performed at 220°C and a residence time of 90min in a bench-scale reactor. The levels of toxic polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD) and dibenzofurans (PCDF) contained in emission from the torrefaction process were evaluated. In addition, main ash-forming elements and trace metals in the raw feedstock and char were determined. The use of MSW in fuel blends with DC resulted in lower PCDD and PCDF emissions after torrefaction, compared with the RDF blends...
June 17, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632940/characterization-of-the-i4399m-variant-of-apolipoprotein-a-implications-for-altered-prothrombotic-properties-of-lipoprotein-a
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Corey A Scipione, Jackson T McAiney, Daniel J Simard, Zainab A Bazzi, Matthew Gemin, Rocco Romagnuolo, Fraser L Macrae, Robert A Ariëns, Robert A Hegele, Janeen Auld, James W Gauld, Michael B Boffa, Marlys L Koschinsky
BACKGROUND: Lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) is a causal risk factor for a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Apolipoprotein(a) (apo(a)), the distinguishing component of Lp(a), is homologous to plasminogen, suggesting that Lp(a) can interfere with the normal fibrinolytic functions of plasminogen. This has implications for the persistence of fibrin clots in the vasculature and hence to atherothrombotic diseases. A single nucleotide polymorphism (rs3798220) in the gene encoding apo(a) has been reported that results in an Ile to Met substitution in the protease-like domain (I4399M variant)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
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