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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306311/liouville-field-theory-and-log-correlated-random-energy-models
#1
Xiangyu Cao, Alberto Rosso, Raoul Santachiara, Pierre Le Doussal
An exact mapping is established between the c≥25 Liouville field theory (LFT) and the Gibbs measure statistics of a thermal particle in a 2D Gaussian free field plus a logarithmic confining potential. The probability distribution of the position of the minimum of the energy landscape is obtained exactly by combining the conformal bootstrap and one-step replica symmetry-breaking methods. Operator product expansions in the LFT allow us to unveil novel universal behaviors of the log-correlated random energy class...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288508/isoniazid-treatment-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-is-tolerable-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-receiving-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-therapy
#2
Yoon-Kyoung Sung, Soo-Kyung Cho, Dam Kim, Soyoung Won, Chan-Bum Choi, Tae-Hwan Kim, Jae-Bum Jun, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Sang-Cheol Bae
Background/Aims: To evaluate the impact of isoniazid (INH) treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) on the development of liver function test (LFT) abnormality and the persistence of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Methods: We retrospectively enrolled patients with RA who were treated with TNF inhibitors at a university hospital between December 2000 and November 2011. After dividing the patients into two groups based on the occurrence of LFT abnormality during follow-up, we compared demographic and clinical features between the two groups...
March 13, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183771/complete-genome-sequence-of-arcobacter-sp-strain-lft-1-7-isolated-from-great-scallop-pecten-maximus-larvae
#3
A L Diéguez, J L Romalde
Arcobacter sp. strain LFT 1.7 was isolated from great scallop (Pecten maximus) larvae. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence showed that strain LFT 1.7 formed an independent lineage in the genus Arcobacter The draft genome of LFT 1.7 was sequenced to determine the taxonomic position and ecological function of this strain.
February 9, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153896/draft-genome-sequences-of-neptuniibacter-sp-strains-lft-1-8-and-atr-1-1
#4
A L Diéguez, J L Romalde
We present the draft genomes of two strains previously identified as Neptuniibacter sp. LFT 1.8 (= CECT 8936 = DSM 100781) and ATR 1.1 (= CECT 8938 = DSM 100783) isolated from larvae of great scallops (Pecten maximus) and seawater, respectively. Both strains surely constitute two novel species in this genus, with putative applications for aromatic compound degradation.
February 2, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137784/reducing-liver-function-tests-for-statin-monitoring-an-observational-comparison-of-two-clinical-commissioning-groups
#5
Kate Homer, John Robson, Susannah Solaiman, Abigail Davis, Saima Zubeda Khan, David McCoy, Rohini Mathur, Sally Hull, Kambiz Boomla
BACKGROUND: Current liver function testing for statin monitoring is largely unnecessary and costly. Statins do not cause liver disease. Both reduction in test frequency and use of a single alanine transaminase (ALT) rather than a full seven analyte liver function test (LFT) array would reduce cost and may benefit patients. AIM: To assess LFT testing in relation to statin use and evaluate an intervention to reduce full-array LFTs ordered by GPs for statin monitoring...
March 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127716/single-hospital-visit-elective-day-case-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-without-prior-outpatient-attendance
#6
N J Curtis, P D Robinson, N J Carty
INTRODUCTION: Eighty percent of all UK elective laparoscopic cholecystectomies (LC) are performed as day-case procedures, but the pre-operative patient pathway has received little attention. In response to local patient feedback, we aimed to introduce a single hospital visit pathway for day-case LC. METHODS: A single hospital visit pathway for elective LC was piloted alongside standard services. Following telephone consultation, a pack containing procedure information, knowledge questionnaire and consent form were sent...
January 26, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123241/a-cross-sectional-study-of-liver-function-tests-in-hiv-infected-persons-in-western-india
#7
Sunny Pathania, Navjyot Kaur, Sandeep Kumar, V K Sashindran, Pankaj Puri
BACKGROUND: Derangement of liver function tests (LFTs) is common in people living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (PLHA). The cause is multifactorial. Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is the commonest cause and others being alcohol abuse and concomitant viral hepatitis. The aim of the research was to study the prevalence of LFT abnormalities in PLHA. METHODS: The study was carried out in a tertiary care hospital. Evaluation included a detailed history, thorough clinical examination and investigations including a haemogram, serum biochemistry, serology for hepatitis, and CD4 cell count...
January 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123239/antitubercular-therapy-induced-liver-function-tests-abnormalities-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-individuals
#8
Pankaj Puri, Navjyot Kaur, Sunny Pathania, Sandeep Kumar, P K Sharma, V K Sashindran
BACKGROUND: Both antitubercular therapy (ATT) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) can cause drug induced liver injury (DILI) in tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfection. The aim of this research was to study ATT-induced liver function test (LFT) abnormalities in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: HIV-infected patients diagnosed with TB were evaluated with baseline LFT and CD4 counts. ATT regimen was modified if baseline LFT was significantly abnormal...
January 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110582/the-effect-of-perfusate-buffering-on-toxicity-and-response-in-isolated-hepatic-perfusion-for-uveal-melanoma-liver-metastases
#9
Ilan Ben-Shabat, Valerio Belgrano, Christoffer Hansson, Bagge Roger Olofsson
BACKGROUND: Isolated hepatic perfusion (IHP) is a treatment option for patients with liver metastases. Previous studies have found that liver toxicity is one of the limiting factors, and in an attempt to reduce the toxicity a buffering agent was added to the perfusate. The aim was to retrospectively analyze if this buffering reduced toxicity and complication rates. METHODS: A retrospective review of 52 consecutive patients with uveal melanoma liver metastases treated with IHP between 2005-2013...
January 22, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109200/arcobacter-lekithochrous-sp-nov-a-new-species-isolated-from-a-molluscan-hatchery-in-norway
#10
Ana L Diéguez, Sabela Balboa, Thorolf Magnesen, Jesús L Romalde
Four bacterial strains, LFT 1.7T, LT2C 2.5, LT4C 2.8 and TM 4.6, were isolated from Great scallop (Pecten maximus) larvae and tank seawater in a Norwegian hatchery and characterized by a polyphasic approach including phenotypic, chemotaxonomic and genomic traits. All of them were Gram-negative and motile rods, oxidase and catalase positive and required sea salts for growth. Major fatty acids present were Summed Feature 3 (C16:1ω7c/C16:1 ω6c), Summed Feature 8 (C18:1ω7c or C18:1 ω6c), C16:0, C14:0, Summed Feature 2 (C14:0 3OH/C16:1 iso I), C12:0 3OH and C12:0...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056907/lung-function-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-after-pharmacological-and-surgical-treatment-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus-a-retrospective-analysis
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Payman Barikbin, Hannes Sallmon, Silke Wilitzki, Joachim Photiadis, Christoph Bührer, Petra Koehne, Gerd Schmalisch
BACKGROUND: The indications and strategies for treatment of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) are controversial, and the safety and long-term benefits of surgical PDA closure remain uncertain. The aim of this study was to compare the lung function of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants after successful PDA treatment with a cyclooxygenase inhibitor or secondary surgical ligation. METHODS: A total of 114 VLBW infants (birth weight < 1500 g), including 94 infants (82%) with a birth weight < 1000 g, who received treatment for hemodynamically significant PDA (hsPDA), were examined at a median postmenstrual age of 48 weeks...
January 6, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040300/neptuniibacter-pectenicola-sp-nov-and-neptuniibacter-marinus-sp-nov-two-novel-species-isolated-from-a-great-scallop-pecten-maximus-hatchery-in-norway-and-emended-description-of-the-genus-neptuniibacter
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Ana L Diéguez, Sabela Balboa, Thorolf Magnesen, Jesús L Romalde
Nine isolates obtained from a great scallop hatchery in Norway were characterized using a polyphasic approach. Strains were Gram-negative, aerobic and motile rods with oxidative metabolism. Phylogenetic analysis based on the sequences of 16S rRNA and rpoB genes showed that these strains formed two different groups associated with members of the genus Neptuniibacter. DNA-DNA hybridization (DDH) and Average Nucleotide Identity (ANI) demonstrated that the isolates constituted two novel species of this genus, which can be phenotypically differentiated from their closest relatives...
March 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957289/efficacy-of-endoscopic-ultrasonography-in-evaluation-of-undetermined-etiology-of-common-bile-duct-dilatation-on-abdominal-ultrasonography
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Rasoul Sotoudehmanesh, Naimeh Nejati, Maryam Farsinejad, Shadi Kolahdoozan
BACKGROUND The cause of common bile duct (CBD) dilatation cannot be determined by imaging modalities in many patients. The aim of this study was to assess the value of endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) in detecting the cause of CBD dilatation in patients in whom ultrasonography could not demonstrate the cause of dilation. METHODS Prospectively, 152 consecutive patients who were referred for evaluation of dilated CBD (diameter ≥7 mm) of undetermined origin by ultrasonography were included in this study. All the patients underwent EUS...
October 2016: Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932124/de-novo-donor-specific-anti-human-leukocyte-antigen-antibody-detection-in-long-term-adult-liver-transplantation
#14
D San Segundo, C Alonso, P Ruiz, I Roman, M T Arias-Loste, A Cuadrado, A Puente, F Casafont, M López-Hoyos, J Crespo, E Fábrega
INTRODUCTION: Information about the consequences of de novo donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen (DSA) antibody development in the long term after adult liver transplantation (LT) is scarce. We conducted a cross-sectional study in LT patients with a follow-up of at least 6 years. METHODS: A total of 28 adult LT patients were included, with a median follow-up of 77 months (range, 63 to 96) and without preformed anti- human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies prior to LT...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889359/elevated-liver-enzymes-emergency-department-focused-management
#15
Eric Sulava, Samuel Bergin, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Liver function test (LFT) abnormalities are a common problem faced by emergency physicians. This has become more common with the introduction of laboratory panels and automated routine laboratory testing. Fortunately, not all patients with irregularities in liver enzymes possess underlying pathology. This emergency medicine focused review provides a discussion of the various biochemical tests, their underlying biological basis, and an algorithmic approach to the interpretation of abnormalities...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856182/aloe-vera-induced-acute-liver-injury-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
Lucia Parlati, Cosmin Sebastian Voican, Katy Perlemuter, Gabriel Perlemuter
Recent data suggest that herbal and dietary supplements are the second most common cause of liver injury. We herein report a case of acute liver injury in a 68-year old female caused by ingestion of Aloe vera. Upon discontinuation of the oral Aloe vera, liver function tests (LFT) returned to normal levels. Thus, it is crucial to consider the use of herbal products as causative agents of acute liver injury.
November 14, 2016: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832041/investigation-of-liver-dysfunction-who-should-we-test-for-hepatitis-e
#17
Sebastian J Wallace, Glynn W Webb, Richie G Madden, Hugh C Dalton, Joanne Palmer, Richard T Dalton, Adam Pollard, Rhys Martin, Vasilis Panayi, Gwyn Bennett, Richard P Bendall, Harry R Dalton
AIM: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is endemic in developed countries, but unrecognized infection is common. Many national guidelines now recommend HEV testing in patients with acute hepatitis irrespective of travel history. The biochemical definition of 'hepatitis' that best predicts HEV infection has not been established. This study aimed to determine parameters of liver biochemistry that should prompt testing for acute HEV. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of serial liver function tests (LFTs) in cases of acute HEV (n=74) and three comparator groups: common bile duct stones (CBD, n=87), drug-induced liver injury (DILI, n=69) and patients testing negative for HEV (n=530)...
February 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812140/early-outcomes-of-decentralized-care-for-rifampicin-resistant-tuberculosis-in-johannesburg-south-africa-an-observational-cohort-study
#18
Rebecca Berhanu, Kathryn Schnippel, Erika Mohr, Kamban Hirasen, Denise Evans, Sydney Rosen, Ian Sanne
OBJECTIVE: We describe baseline characteristics, time to treatment initiation and interim patient outcomes at a decentralized, outpatient treatment site for rifampicin-resistant TB (RR-TB). METHODS: Prospective observational cohort study of RR-TB patients from March 2013 until December 2014. Study subjects were followed until completion of the intensive phase of treatment (6 months), transfer out, or a final outcome (loss from treatment (LFT) or death). RESULTS: 214 patients with RR-TB were enrolled in the study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766323/development-of-a-functional-point-of-need-diagnostic-for-myeloperoxidase-detection-to-identify-neutrophilic-bronchitis
#19
Michael G Wolfe, Qiang Zhang, Christy Hui, Katherine Radford, Parameswaran Nair, John D Brennan
With over 4.8 million Canadians suffering from chronic airway diseases, respiratory exacerbations are currently the leading cause of hospitalization in Canada. In cases of bacterial infection, neutrophil cell density increases from ∼10 million cells per gram to over 15 million cells per gram. As sputum is a direct discharge from the primarily affected areas of respiratory diseases, quantification of granulocytes (including neutrophils) can be used to effectively determine a course of patient treatment. Unfortunately this quantification is currently limited to labour-intensive and time-consuming cell counts...
October 21, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757177/evaluation-of-the-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-atorvastatin-on-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#20
Zhaleh Shariati Sarabi, Mehran Ghazi Saeidi, Mandana Khodashahi, Ali Etemad Rezaie, Kamila Hashemzadeh, Rozita Khodashahi, Hossein Heidari
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory joint disorder with unknown etiology. Atorvastatin is a lipid-lowering agent that affects the inflammatory processes. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the anti-inflammatory effects of atorvastatin on the Disease Activity Index and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) concentrations in RA patients. METHODS: This clinical trial was performed on 38 RA patients, who were referred to the Imam Reza and Ghaem Medical Centers of Mashhad, Iran between 2013 and 2014...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
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