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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441552/natural-killer-cell-activity-in-women-with-recurrent-miscarriage-etiology-and-pregnancy-outcome
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Yasuhiko Ebina, Yukari Nishino, Masashi Deguchi, Yoko Maesawa, Yuki Nakashima, Hideto Yamada
This study aimed to evaluate whether natural killer (NK) cell activity was associated with the etiology of recurrent miscarriage (RM), and to evaluate the predictive value of NK cell activity for outcomes of following pregnancies in women with RM. Peripheral NK cell activity was measured in 160 non-pregnant women with a history of two or more miscarriages. This activity was compared according to the etiology of RM and to pregnancy outcomes in women who became pregnant. NK cell activity in women with unexplained RM was significantly higher than that in those with known etiologies of RM...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440796/the-importance-of-international-collaboration-for-rare-diseases-research-a-european-perspective
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REVIEW
D Julkowska, C P Austin, C M Cutillo, D Gancberg, C Hager, J Halftermeyer, A H Jonker, L P L Lau, I Norstedt, A Rath, R Schuster, E Simelyte, S van Weely
Over the last two decades, important contributions were made at national, European and international levels to foster collaboration into rare diseases research. The European Union (EU) has put much effort into funding rare diseases research, encouraging national funding organizations to collaborate together in the E-Rare programme, setting up European Reference Networks for rare diseases and complex conditions, and initiating the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC) together with the National Institutes of Health in the USA...
April 25, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440697/the-prevalence-of-calcification-around-odontoid-process-and-the-incidence-of-crowned-dens-syndrome-in-the-neurosurgical-ward-a-single-institution-s-analysis
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Masakazu Sano, Shinya Yamashita, Toyotaka Aiba
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to assess the prevalence and natural history of odontoid calcification and to identify factors related to its progression to crowned dens syndrome (CDS). METHODS: We reviewed a consecutive series of patients who underwent head CT upon admission to the neurosurgical ward of Niigata Prefectural Shibata Hospital. We evaluated the relationship between the presence of odontoid calcification and the patient's age, sex, and primary disorder for admission...
April 25, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440693/maternal-history-of-child-abuse-and-obesity-risk-in-offspring-mediation-by-weight-in-pregnancy
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Stephanie A Leonard, Lucia C Petito, David H Rehkopf, Lorrene D Ritchie, Barbara Abrams
BACKGROUND: Women's experience of childhood adversity may contribute to their children's risk of obesity. Possible causal pathways include higher maternal weight and gestational weight gain, which have been associated with both maternal childhood adversity and obesity in offspring. METHODS: This study included 6718 mother-child pairs from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 in the United States (1979-2012). We applied multiple log-binomial regression models to estimate associations between three markers of childhood adversity (physical abuse, household alcoholism, and household mental illness) and offspring obesity in childhood...
April 25, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440314/the-peripheral-blood-proteome-signature-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-is-distinct-from-normal-and-is-associated-with-novel-immunological-processes
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David N O'Dwyer, Katy C Norman, Meng Xia, Yong Huang, Stephen J Gurczynski, Shanna L Ashley, Eric S White, Kevin R Flaherty, Fernando J Martinez, Susan Murray, Imre Noth, Kelly B Arnold, Bethany B Moore
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal interstitial pneumonia. The disease pathophysiology is poorly understood and the etiology remains unclear. Recent advances have generated new therapies and improved knowledge of the natural history of IPF. These gains have been brokered by advances in technology and improved insight into the role of various genes in mediating disease, but gene expression and protein levels do not always correlate. Thus, in this paper we apply a novel large scale high throughput aptamer approach to identify more than 1100 proteins in the peripheral blood of well-characterized IPF patients and normal volunteers...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440304/the-natural-history-of-severe-acute-liver-injury
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David G Koch, J L Speiser, V Durkalski, R J Fontana, T Davern, B McGuire, R T Stravitz, A M Larson, I Liou, O Fix, M L Schilsky, T McCashland, J E Hay, N Murray, O S Shaikh, D Ganger, A Zaman, S B Han, R T Chung, R S Brown, S Munoz, K R Reddy, L Rossaro, R Satyanarayana, A J Hanje, J Olson, R M Subramanian, C Karvellas, B Hameed, A H Sherker, W M Lee, A Reuben
OBJECTIVES: Acute liver failure (ALF) is classically defined by coagulopathy and hepatic encephalopathy (HE); however, acute liver injury (ALI), i.e., severe acute hepatocyte necrosis without HE, has not been carefully defined nor studied. Our aim is to describe the clinical course of specifically defined ALI, including the risk and clinical predictors of poor outcomes, namely progression to ALF, the need for liver transplantation (LT) and death. METHODS: 386 subjects prospectively enrolled in the Acute Liver Failure Study Group registry between 1 September 2008 through 25 October 2013, met criteria for ALI: International Normalized Ratio (INR)≥2...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440303/hcv-genotype-6-increased-the-risk-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-among-asian-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
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Mei-Hsuan Lee, Tiffany I Hsiao, Shreenidhi R Subramaniam, An K Le, Vinh D Vu, Huy N Trinh, Jian Zhang, Mingjuan Jin, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Grace Lai-Hung Wong, Mindie H Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a well-documented risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Seven HCV genotypes have been classified, and the genotypes show a great variety of geographic distribution. HCV genotype 6 is prevalent in Southeast Asia and has been less studied than the other genotypes. METHODS: This follow-up study was designed to evaluate the natural history of HCV genotype 6. The cohort enrolled 851 Asian patients consisting of 222 with HCV genotype 6 and 629 with other genotypes...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439034/teleosts-as-model-organisms-to-understand-host-microbe-interactions
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Emily A Lescak, Kathryn C Milligan-Myhre
Host-microbe interactions are influenced by complex host genetics and environment. Studies across animal taxa have aided our understanding of how intestinal microbiota influence vertebrate development, disease, and physiology. However, traditional mammalian studies can be limited by use of isogenic strains, husbandry constraints that result in small sample sizes and limited statistical power, reliance on indirect characterization of gut microbial communities from fecal samples, and concerns whether observations in artificial conditions are actually reflective of what occurs in the wild...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438790/psychiatric-associations-of-adult-onset-focal-dystonia-phenotypes
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Brian D Berman, Johanna Junker, Erika Shelton, Stefan H Sillau, H A Jinnah, Joel S Perlmutter, Alberto J Espay, Joseph Jankovic, Marie Vidailhet, Cecilia Bonnet, William Ondo, Irene A Malaty, Ramón Rodríguez, William M McDonald, Laura Marsh, Mateusz Zurowski, Tobias Bäumer, Norbert Brüggemann
BACKGROUND: Depression and anxiety frequently accompany the motor manifestations of isolated adult-onset focal dystonias. Whether the body region affected when this type of dystonia first presents is associated with the severity of these neuropsychiatric symptoms is unknown. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine whether depression, anxiety and social anxiety vary by dystonia onset site and evaluate whether pain and dystonia severity account for any differences...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438330/demonic-possession-by-jean-lhermitte
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E Drouin, T Péréon, Y Péréon
The name of the French neurologist and psychiatrist Jean Lhermitte (1877-1959) is most often associated with the sign he described back in 1927 in three patients with multiple sclerosis. We are reporting unpublished handwritten notes by Jean Lhermitte about 'demonic possession', which date from the 1950s. Drawing from his experiences in neuropsychiatry, Lhermitte gathered notable case reviews as well as individual case histories. For him, cases of demonic possession are of a psychiatric nature with social background exerting a strong influence...
April 21, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438137/case-report-of-plasmodium-ovale-curtisi-malaria-in-sri-lanka-relevance-for-the-maintenance-of-elimination-status
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Sharmini Gunawardena, Rachel F Daniels, Thishan C Yahathugoda, Mirani V Weerasooriya, Katelyn Durfee, Sarah K Volkman, Dyann F Wirth, Nadira D Karunaweera
BACKGROUND: Following its recent certification as malaria-free, imported infections now pose the greatest threat for maintaining this status in Sri Lanka. Imported infections may also introduce species that are uncommon or not previously endemic to these areas. We highlight in this case report the increasing importance of less common malaria species such as Plasmodium ovale in elimination settings and discuss its relevance for the risk of malaria resurgence in the country. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old patient from southern Sri Lanka was diagnosed with malaria after 8 days of fever...
April 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437595/natural-history-and-predictors-of-progression-to-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-among-participants-of-the-sicca-registry
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Caroline H Shiboski, Alan N Baer, Stephen C Shiboski, Mi Lam, Stephen Challacombe, Hector E Lanfranchi, Morten Schiødt, Penelope Shirlaw, Muthiah Srinivasan, Hisanori Umehara, Frederick B Vivino, Esen Akpek, Vatinee Bunya, Cristina F Vollenweider, John S Greenspan, Troy E Daniels, Lindsey A Criswell
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To explore changes in the phenotypic features of Sjoögren's syndrome (SS), and in SS status among participants in the Sjoögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) registry over a 2 to 3-year interval. METHODS: All participants in the SICCA registry who were found to have any objective measures of salivary hypofunction, dry eye, focal lymphocytic sialadenitis in minor salivary gland biopsy, or anti-SSA/B antibodies, were recalled over a window of 2 to 3 years after their baseline examinations to repeat all clinical examinations and specimen collections to determine whether there was any change in phenotypic features and in SS status...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437535/clinical-aspects-of-glucose-transporter-type-1-deficiency-information-from-a-global-registry
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Jian Hao, Dorothy I Kelly, Jianzhong Su, Juan M Pascual
Importance: Case reports regularly document unique or unusual aspects of glucose transporter type 1 deficiency (G1D). In contrast, population studies from which to draw global inferences are lacking. Twenty-five years after the earliest case reports, this deficiency still particularly affects treatment and prognostic counseling. Objective: To examine the most common features of G1D. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this study, data were collected electronically from 181 patients with G1D through a web-based, worldwide patient registry from December 1, 2013, through December 1, 2016...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437465/serological-evidence-for-transmission-of-multiple-dengue-virus-serotypes-in-papua-new-guinea-and-west-papua-prior-to-1963
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Dagwin Luang-Suarkia, Timo Ernst, Michael P Alpers, Ralph Garruto, David Smith, Allison Imrie
Little is known about the natural history of dengue in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We assessed dengue virus (DENV)-specific neutralizing antibody profiles in serum samples collected from northern and southern coastal areas and the highland region of New Guinea between 1959 and 1963. Neutralizing antibodies were demonstrated in sera from the northern coast of New Guinea: from Sabron in Dutch New Guinea (now known as West Papua) and from four villages in East Sepik in what is now PNG. Previous monotypic infection with DENV-1, DENV-2, and DENV-4 was identified, with a predominance of anti-DENV-2 neutralizing antibody...
April 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437000/magnetically-guided-capsule-endoscopy
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REVIEW
Naveen Shamsudhin, Vladimir I Zverev, Henrik Keller, Salvador Pane, Peter W Egolf, Bradley J Nelson, Alexander M Tishin
Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) is a powerful tool for medical screening and diagnosis, where a small capsule is swallowed and moved by means of natural peristalsis and gravity through the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The camera-integrated capsule allows for visualization of the small intestine, a region which was previously inaccessible to classical flexible endoscopy. As a diagnostic tool, it allows to localize the sources of bleedings in the middle-part of the gastrointestinal tract and to identify diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease), Polyposis-Syndrome and tumors...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436618/natural-history-of-aortic-root-dilation-through-young-adulthood-in-a-hypermobile-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-cohort
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Alyssa Ritter, Carrie Atzinger, Brandon Hays, Jeanne James, Amy Shikany, Derek Neilson, Lisa Martin, Kathryn Nicole Weaver
Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) is a common inherited connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility. The natural history of aortic root dilation (AoD), a potential complication of EDS, has not been well characterized in this population. We describe the natural history of aortic root size in a large cohort of patients with hEDS. A cohort of 325 patients with HEDS was identified at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), including 163 patients from a previous study. Medical records were reviewed and each participant's height, weight, and aortic dimensions from up to four echocardiograms were documented...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436366/analysis-of-preoperative-antibiotic-prophylaxis-in-stented-distal-hypospadias-repair
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Jacob Smith, Ashay Patel, Ismael Zamilpa, Shasha Bai, Jeffrey Alliston, Stephen Canon
INTRODUCTION: Surgical site infection [SSI] is a risk for any surgical procedure, including hypospadias repair. Prophylactic antibiotic therapy for patients having surgery is often effective in preventing SSIs, but with increasing rates of antibiotic resistance, this practice has been questioned. The objectives of this study are 1) to assess the incidence of SSIs in patients following stented, distal hypospadias repair and 2) to observe for any potential difference in the incidence of SSIs for patients with and without preoperative antibiotic utilization in this setting...
April 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436011/is-prostate-cancer-different-in-black-men-answers-from-3-natural-history-models
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Alex Tsodikov, Roman Gulati, Tiago M de Carvalho, Eveline A M Heijnsdijk, Rachel A Hunter-Merrill, Angela B Mariotto, Harry J de Koning, Ruth Etzioni
BACKGROUND: Black men in the United States have substantially higher prostate cancer incidence rates than the general population. The extent to which this incidence disparity is because prostate cancer is more prevalent, more aggressive, and/or more frequently diagnosed in black men is unknown. METHODS: The authors estimated 3 independently developed models of prostate cancer natural history in black men and in the general population using an updated reconstruction of prostate-specific antigen screening, based on the National Health Interview Survey in 2005 and on prostate cancer incidence data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program during 1975 through 2000...
April 24, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435302/in-situ-detection-of-chlamydia-pneumoniae-c-trachomatis-and-cytokines-among-cardiovascular-diseased-patients-from-the-amazon-region-of-brazil
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Larissa S Freitas, Núbia Caroline C Almeida, Maria Alice Freitas Queiroz, Marcelo M Zaninotto, Hellen T Fuzii, Alfredo Ribeiro-Silva, Antonio Cr Vallinoto, Marluísa Og Ishak, Juarez As Quaresma, Ricardo Ishak
BACKGROUND: Chronic coronary artery disease has been associated, as a consequence of the local inflammatory reaction with previous or persistent infection with Chlamydia pneumoniae, which led to the investigation of the association of cardiovascular disease and previous infection with C. trachomatis and the role of cytokine profile (in situ) markers in the vascular system tissues. METHODS: Sixty-nine biopsies were collected for immunohistochemical analysis for the presence of IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α, IFN-γ, TGF-β, and IL-10, in 16 fragments from atheromatous plaques, 32 aorta fragments, and 21 valve fragments, using a tissue microarray technique for paraffin embedded tissues...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435116/chiari-malformation-type-1-a-systematic-review-of-natural-history-and-conservative-management
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REVIEW
Benjamin Langridge, Edward Phillips, David Choi
OBJECTIVE: Chiari type 1 malformations (CM-1) are variations of hind-brain development which can sometimes occur in asymptomatic individuals. Conventional treatment is surgical decompression, but little is known about the natural history of patients who do not undergo surgical management. Appreciation of this information is critical to determine how these patients should be managed. We conducted a systematic review of the literature to determine the natural history of CM-1 particularly in patients who did not undergo surgery, and in asymptomatic individuals, to help inform patients and doctors when surgery is likely to be beneficial...
April 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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