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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150664/histological-evidence-for-a-dynamic-dental-battery-in-hadrosaurid-dinosaurs
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Katherine Bramble, Aaron R H LeBlanc, Denis O Lamoureux, Mateusz Wosik, Philip J Currie
The first histological study of an entire hadrosaurid dental battery provides a comprehensive look at tooth movement within this complex structure. Previous studies have focused on isolated teeth, or in-situ batteries, but this is the first study to examine an entire dental battery of any dinosaur. The absence of direct tooth-to-tooth contact across the entire battery and a unique arrangement of the dental tissues in hadrosaurids led us to compare their teeth with the ever-growing incisors of mammals. The similarity in the distributions of tissues along the incisor, coupled with continuous eruption, make for helpful comparisons to hadrosaurid teeth...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150372/duration-of-group-a-streptococcus-pcr-positivity-following-antibiotic-treatment-of-pharyngitis
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Jason H Homme, Corryn S Greenwood, Lisa B Cronk, Lisa M Nyre, James R Uhl, Amy L Weaver, Robin Patel
BACKGROUND: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has high sensitivity and specificity for detection of group A streptococcus (GAS) in throat swabs and is routinely used for GAS pharyngitis diagnosis at our institution. Herein we defined the natural history of throat swab GAS PCR and culture positivity during and following treatment of GAS pharyngitis. METHODS: Fifty children with a PCR positive GAS throat swab were recruited for participation. Four additional throat swabs were collected over 2 weeks following the initial positive PCR result (during and following a standard course of antibiotic therapy) and tested for GAS using rapid real-time PCR and culture...
October 12, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150158/peripheral-arterial-disease
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REVIEW
Sean M Conte, Peter R Vale
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 15% of the Australian population and is a powerful and serious predictor of cardiovascular mortality yet continues to be under-recognised and undertreated. Diagnosis is simple and management is centred upon symptom relief and risk minimisation. While novel and specialised therapies play a role, the bulk of management is approachable and feasible. In this review, we cover the epidemiology, risk factors, associated conditions, classification, and natural history of PAD...
November 7, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149838/genetic-variation-in-populations-of-the-earthworm-lumbricus-rubellus-across-contaminated-mine-sites
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Craig Anderson, Luis Cunha, Pierfrancesco Sechi, Peter Kille, David Spurgeon
BACKGROUND: Populations of the earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus, are commonly found across highly contaminated former mine sites and are considered to have under-gone selection for mitigating metal toxicity. Comparison of adapted populations with those found on less contaminated soils can provide insights into ecological processes that demonstrate the long-term effects of soil contamination. Contemporary sequencing methods allow for portrayal of demographic inferences and highlight genetic variation indicative of selection at specific genes...
November 17, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149772/natural-history-of-infantile-onset-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Stephen J Kolb, Christopher S Coffey, Jon W Yankey, Kristin Krosschell, W David Arnold, Seward B Rutkove, Kathryn J Swoboda, Sandra P Reyna, Ai Sakonju, Basil T Darras, Richard Shell, Nancy Kuntz, Diana Castro, Julie Parsons, Anne M Connolly, Claudia A Chiriboga, Craig McDonald, W Bryan Burnette, Klaus Werner, Mathula Thangarajh, Perry B Shieh, Erika Finanger, Merit E Cudkowicz, Michelle M McGovern, D Elizabeth McNeil, Richard Finkel, Susan T Iannaccone, Edward Kaye, Allison Kingsley, Samantha R Renusch, Vicki L McGovern, Xueqian Wang, Phillip G Zaworski, Thomas W Prior, Arthur H M Burghes, Amy Bartlett, John T Kissel
OBJECTIVE: Infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality, typically resulting in death prior to age 2. Clinical trials in this population require an understanding of disease progression and identification of meaningful biomarkers to hasten therapeutic development and predict outcomes. METHODS: A longitudinal, multi-center, prospective natural history study enrolled 26 SMA infants, and 27 control infants less than six months of age...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149770/a-multicenter-retrospective-medical-record-review-of-x-linked-myotubular-myopathy-the-recensus-study
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Alan H Beggs, Barry J Byrne, Sabine de Chastonay, Tmirah Haselkorn, Imelda Hughes, Emma S James, Nancy L Kuntz, Jennifer Simon, Lindsay C Swanson, Michele L Yang, Zi-Fan Yu, Sabrina W Yum, Suyash Prasad
INTRODUCTION: X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM), characterized by severe hypotonia, weakness, respiratory distress, and early mortality, is rare and natural history studies are few. METHODS: RECENSUS is a multicenter chart review of male XLMTM patients characterizing disease burden and unmet medical needs. Data were collected between September 2014 and June 2016. RESULTS: Analysis included 112 patients at six clinical sites. Most recent patient age recorded was ≤18 months for 40 patients and >18 months for 72 patients...
November 17, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149179/postmenopausal-hormone-therapy-and-risk-of-stroke-a-pooled-analysis-of-data-from-population-based-cohort-studies
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Germán D Carrasquilla, Paolo Frumento, Anita Berglund, Christer Borgfeldt, Matteo Bottai, Chiara Chiavenna, Mats Eliasson, Gunnar Engström, Göran Hallmans, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Patrik K Magnusson, Peter M Nilsson, Nancy L Pedersen, Alicja Wolk, Karin Leander
BACKGROUND: Recent research indicates a favourable influence of postmenopausal hormone therapy (HT) if initiated early, but not late, on subclinical atherosclerosis. However, the clinical relevance of timing of HT initiation for hard end points such as stroke remains to be determined. Further, no previous research has considered the timing of initiation of HT in relation to haemorrhagic stroke risk. The importance of the route of administration, type, active ingredient, and duration of HT for stroke risk is also unclear...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149087/taxonomic-classification-for-living-organisms-using-convolutional-neural-networks
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Saed Khawaldeh, Usama Pervaiz, Mohammed Elsharnoby, Alaa Eddin Alchalabi, Nayel Al-Zubi
Taxonomic classification has a wide-range of applications such as finding out more about evolutionary history. Compared to the estimated number of organisms that nature harbors, humanity does not have a thorough comprehension of to which specific classes they belong. The classification of living organisms can be done in many machine learning techniques. However, in this study, this is performed using convolutional neural networks. Moreover, a DNA encoding technique is incorporated in the algorithm to increase performance and avoid misclassifications...
November 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148533/identifying-characteristic-features-of-the-retinal-and-choroidal-vasculature-in-choroideremia-using-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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A Abbouda, A M Dubis, A R Webster, M Moosajee
PurposeUsing optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) to investigate the area with flow in the superficial retinal vessel network (SVRN) and choriocapillaris (CC) layer among male subjects with choroideremia (CHM), female carriers, and normal controls to identify vascular changes.Patients and methodsImages of SRVN and CC layer were acquired in 9 affected males, 5 female carriers, and 14 age- and gender-matched controls using the Angiovue software of the RTVue XR Avanti.ResultsThe mean age was 33 years for affected male CHM patients (median 30 years), 46 years for female carriers (median 53 years), and 39 years for controls (median 38...
November 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148395/bourbon-virus-in-field-collected-ticks-missouri-usa
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Harry M Savage, Kristen L Burkhalter, Marvin S Godsey, Nicholas A Panella, David C Ashley, William L Nicholson, Amy J Lambert
Bourbon virus (BRBV) was first isolated in 2014 from a resident of Bourbon County, Kansas, USA, who died of the infection. In 2015, an ill Payne County, Oklahoma, resident tested positive for antibodies to BRBV, before fully recovering. We retrospectively tested for BRBV in 39,096 ticks from northwestern Missouri, located 240 km from Bourbon County, Kansas. We detected BRBV in 3 pools of Amblyomma americanum (L.) ticks: 1 pool of male adults and 2 pools of nymphs. Detection of BRBV in A. americanum, a species that is aggressive, feeds on humans, and is abundant in Kansas and Oklahoma, supports the premise that A...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148187/lateral-neck-lumps-a-systematic-approach-for-the-general-paediatrician
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REVIEW
Sebastian K King
Lateral neck lumps are very common in children, and are largely benign in nature. The majority of lumps may be diagnosed on history and clinical examination alone, and further investigations are often not required. The most common pathologies in young children include reactive lymphadenopathy, lymphadenitis and atypical mycobacterial infections. A lateral neck lump is an uncommon presentation for malignancy and is largely restricted to older children and adolescents. The paediatric surgeon plays an important role in the assessment and management of lateral neck lumps, often in the form of reassurance to the patients and their carers...
November 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146883/a-landscape-of-germline-mutations-in-a-cohort-of-inherited-bone-marrow-failure-patients
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Olivier Bluteau, Marie Sebert, Thierry Leblanc, Régis Peffault de Latour, Samuel Quentin, Elodie Lainey, Lucie Hernandez, Jean-Hugues Dalle, Flore Sicre de Fontbrune, Etienne Lengline, Raphael Itzykson, Emmanuelle Clappier, Nicolas Boissel, Naddia Vasquez, Mélanie Da Costa, Julien Masliah-Planchon, Wendy Cuccuini, Anna Raimbault, Louis De Jaegere, Lionel Adès, Pierre Fenaux, Sébastien Maury, Claudine Schmitt, Marc Muller, Carine Domenech, Nicolas Blin, Bénédicte Bruno, Isabelle Pellier, Mathilde Hunault, Stéphane Blanche, Arnaud Petit, Guy Leverger, Gérard Michel, Yves Bertrand, André Baruchel, Gérard Socié, Jean Soulier
Bone marrow failure (BMF) in children and young adults is often suspected to be inherited, but in many cases diagnosis remains uncertain. We studied a cohort of 179 patients (from 173 families) with BMF of suspected inherited origin but unresolved diagnosis after medical evaluation and Fanconi anemia exclusion. All patients had cytopenias, and 12.0% presented ≥5% bone marrow blast cells. Median age at genetic evaluation was 11 years; 20.7% of patients were aged ≤2 years and 36.9% were ≥18 years. We analyzed genomic DNA from skin fibroblasts using whole-exome sequencing, and were able to assign a causal or likely causal germline mutation in 86 patients (48...
November 16, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146762/natural-history-of-primary-paediatric-optic-nerve-sheath-meningioma-case-series-and-review
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Daniel S Narayan, Ghislaine L Traber, Edwin Figueira, Adnan Pirbhai, Klara Landau, Garry Davis, John Crompton, Dinesh Selva
PURPOSE: To study the natural history, clinical and radiological characteristics of primary paediatric optic nerve sheath meningioma (PPONSM). METHODS: Retrospective study of eight paediatric patients who were treated between 1994 and 2016 at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia. Clinical records and imaging studies were reviewed. RESULTS: The mean age at presentation was 11 years (range: 6-17 years)...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146096/ten-year-review-of-isolated-spontaneous-mesenteric-arterial-dissections
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Courtney E Morgan, Neel A Mansukhani, Mark K Eskandari, Heron E Rodriguez
OBJECTIVE: Isolated spontaneous dissection of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and celiac artery (CA) remains a rare condition; however, it has been increasingly noted incidentally on diagnostic imaging. The purpose of this study was to examine the natural history and outcomes of patients presenting with isolated spontaneous mesenteric artery dissection (SMAD). We hypothesized that most SMADs can be treated nonoperatively. METHODS: This was a single-center retrospective review of patients presenting with the diagnosis of SMAD between 2006 and 2016...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145736/longitudinal-study-of-the-activities-of-daily-living-and-quality-of-life-in-japanese-patients-with-fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva
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Yasuo Nakahara, Hiroshi Kitoh, Yasuharu Nakashima, Junya Toguchida, Nobuhiko Haga
PURPOSE: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is a rare congenital disorder that causes systemic heterotopic ossification, leading to systemic ankyloses and mobility losses. This study aimed to ascertain the natural history of Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. METHODS: In addition to the medical history questionnaire, patients aged 16 years and older were asked to complete activities of daily living and quality of life surveys using the Barthel Index, MOS 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey, and Health Assessment Questionnaire...
November 16, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145572/difference-in-clinical-course-genetics-and-the-microbiome-between-familial-and-sporadic-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Nienke Z Borren, Grace Conway, John J Garber, Hamed Khalili, Shrish Budree, Himel Mallick, Vijay Yajnik, Ramnik J Xavier, Ashwin N Ananthakrishnan
Objective: Family history is the strongest risk factor for developing Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). We investigated whether the proximity of relationship with the affected relative and concordance for type of IBD modifies the effect of family history on phenotype and disease severity. Design: This cross-sectional study included patients with a confirmed diagnosis of IBD in a clinical registry. Family history of IBD was assessed by a questionnaire ascertaining presence of disease in a 1 st degree, 2 nd degree or a distant relative...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145536/the-effects-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-in-newly-diagnosed-type-1-diabetes-patients-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Elina Gregoriou, Ioannis Mamais, Irene Tzanetakou, Giagkos Lavranos, Stavri Chrysostomou
AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of vitamin D supplementation in patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) assessed by insulin needs and changes in glycemic indices, as evidenced by randomized controlled trials (RCTs). METHODS: A total of 7 RCTs were retrieved from PubMed/Medline and EBSCO databases by MeSH term search, and were reviewed systematically. The RCTs included examined the effects of alphacalcidole (n = 2), cholecalciferol (n = 2), and calcitriol (n = 3) supplementation on changes in daily insulin dose (DID), fasting Cpeptide (FCP), stimulated C-peptide (SCP), and HbA1c...
July 2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145427/do-microplastic-particles-affect-daphnia-magna-at-the-morphological-life-history-and-molecular-level
#18
Hannes K Imhof, Jakub Rusek, Michaela Thiel, Justyna Wolinska, Christian Laforsch
Microplastic particles are ubiquitous not only in marine but also in freshwater ecosystems. However, the impacts of microplastics, consisting of a large variety of synthetic polymers, on freshwater organisms remains poorly understood. We examined the effects of two polymer mixtures on the morphology, life history and on the molecular level of the waterflea Daphnia magna (three different clones). Microplastic particles of ~40 μm were supplied at a low concentration (1% of the food particles) leading to an average of ~30 particles in the digestive tract which reflects a high microplastic contamination but still resembles a natural situation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145319/primary-myelofibrosis-and-pregnancy-outcomes-after-low-molecular-weight-heparin-administration-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Roxana Elena Bohîlţea, Monica Mihaela Cîrstoiu, Crîngu Antoniu Ionescu, Emilia Niculescu-Mizil, Ana Maria Vlădăreanu, Irina Voican, Mihai Dimitriu, Natalia Turcan
RATIONALE: Primary myelofibrosis is encountered with the myeloproliferative diseases and is the least prevalent among women of childbearing age. The prognosis is guided by pancytopenia, leukemic transformation and thrombosis which are the dominant complications. PATIENT CONCERNS: Data regarding protocol management during pregnancy in the context of myelofibrosis are insufficient. Fewer than ten cases have been described until now and half of this cases have resulted in fetal death due to placental infarction during the second and third trimesters...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144839/distinguishing-benign-from-malignant-circumscribed-orbital-tumors-in-children
#20
Yufei Tu, Frederick A Jakobiec, Katherine Leung, Suzanne K Freitag
An orbital neoplasm in children is an uncommon clinical finding. Clinical suspicion should be based on many factors, including its location, the nature of onset, associated systemic signs and symptoms, family and social histories, examination findings, and radiographic characteristics. We present two cases of young children of similar age with a rapid-onset orbital mass. In both cases, a circumscribed round lesion was found in the superomedial orbit. An orbital schwannoma, a benign and usually slow growing tumor, was found in the first patient...
November 16, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
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