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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220370/absence-of-anti-hypocretin-receptor-2-autoantibodies-in-post-pandemrix-narcolepsy-cases
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Guo Luo, Ling Lin, Louis Jacob, Mélodie Bonvalet, Aditya Ambati, Giuseppe Plazzi, Fabio Pizza, Ryan Leib, Christopher M Adams, Markku Partinen, Emmanuel Jean-Marie Mignot
BACKGROUND: A recent publication suggested molecular mimicry of a nucleoprotein (NP) sequence from A/Puerto Rico/8/1934 (PR8) strain, the backbone used in the construction of the reassortant strain X-179A that was used in Pandemrix® vaccine, and reported on anti-hypocretin (HCRT) receptor 2 (anti-HCRTR2) autoantibodies in narcolepsy, mostly in post Pandemrix® narcolepsy cases (17 of 20 sera). In this study, we re-examined this hypothesis through mass spectrometry (MS) characterization of Pandemrix®, and two other pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1)-2009 vaccines, Arepanrix® and Focetria®, and analyzed anti-HCRTR2 autoantibodies in narcolepsy patients and controls using three independent strategies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218577/street-foods-exacerbate-effects-of-the-environmental-burden-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-nigeria
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Osazuwa Clinton Ekhator, Nnaemeka Arinze Udowelle, Sorbari Igbiri, Rose Ngozi Asomugha, Chiara Frazzoli, Orish Ebere Orisakwe
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a large group of well-known toxicants with carcinogenic potential and other health effects including on the immune system. The high health risks of non-communicable diseases and relevant comorbidities in Africa, particularly in contaminated areas like e-waste and crude oil and gas exploration areas and for high consumers of food commodity groupings which are most critical for PAH exposure, are exacerbated by dietary exposure due to unsafe practices in commonly consumed foods, like those street vended...
December 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218091/angiogenic-and-wound-healing-potency-of-fermented-virgin-coconut-oil-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
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Ahmad H Ibrahim, Haibo Li, Sawsan S Al-Rawi, Aman Shah Abdul Majid, Omar Am Al-Habib, Xiaobo Xia, Amin Ms Abdul Majid, Dan Ji
OBJECTIVE: The process of wound healing involves activation of keratinocytes, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, etc. Angiogenesis is crucial during the process of wound healing. Virgin coconut oil is widely utilized in South Asia for various purposes including food, medicinal and industrial applications. This study aimed to evaluate the potency of fermented virgin coconut oil (FVCO) in angiogenesis and wound healing via both in vitro and in vivo assays. METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial (HUVEC), fibroblast (CCD-18) and retinal ganglion (RGC-5) cells were cultured in medium containing different concentrations of FVCO...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217739/y90-radioembolization-for-locally-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-portal-vein-thrombosis-long-term-outcomes-in-a-185-patient-cohort
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Nadine Abouchaleh, Ahmed Gabr, Rehan Ali, Ali Al Asadi, Ronald A Mora, Joseph Ralph Kallini, Karen Marshall, Laura Kulik, Samdeep Mouli, Daniela P Ladner, Michael Abecassis, Juan C Caicedo, Ahsun Riaz, Robert J Lewandoski, Riad Salem
Purpose: To report survival outcomes for advanced stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with portal vein thrombosis (PVT) treated with radioembolization (Y90). Methods: With IRB approval we searched our prospectively acquired database for patients treated with Y90 between 2003 and 2017. Inclusion criteria were patients who had advanced stage HCC with tumor PVT. In order to minimize confounding effect, patients with metastases were excluded. Clinical and laboratory data were collected at baseline and 1 month post-Y90...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217134/reirradiation-with-concurrent-bevacizumab-for-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas-in-adult-patients
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A Schernberg, F Dhermain, S Ammari, S N Dumont, J Domont, A Patrikidou, J Pallud, É Dezamis, É Deutsch, G Louvel
PURPOSE: To analyse feasibility, prognostic factors and patterns of recurrence after concurrent reirradiation and bevacizumab for recurrent high-grade gliomas. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2009 and 2015, 35 patients (median 57-year-old; 21 men, 14 women) with WHO grade III (n=11) or grade IV (n=24) gliomas were included in this retrospective and consecutive single-centre study. All patients received bevacizumab (median number of treatments: 12) concomitant with reirradiation (median dose: 45Gy, median number of fractions: 18) for recurrence with median 22 months (range: 5...
December 4, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216339/exercise-training-for-preventing-dementia-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-clinically-meaningful-cognitive-decline-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Philipe de Souto Barreto, Laurent Demougeot, Bruno Vellas, Yves Rolland
BACKGROUND: To assess the effects of long-term exercise on the onset of dementia, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and other clinically meaningful cognitive decline in the elderly. METHODS: Systematic review with preplanned meta-analysis. Electronic searches were performed between November 2016 and May 2017. RCTs examining the effects of long-term exercise (intervention length 12 months or longer) on the onset of dementia, MCI, or clinically meaningful cognitive decline in older adults without dementia at baseline were eligible...
December 5, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216183/presentation-of-life-threatening-invasive-nontyphoidal-salmonella-disease-in-malawian-children-a-prospective-observational-study
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Calman A MacLennan, Chisomo L Msefula, Esther N Gondwe, James J Gilchrist, Paul Pensulo, Wilson L Mandala, Grace Mwimaniwa, Meraby Banda, Julia Kenny, Lorna K Wilson, Amos Phiri, Jenny M MacLennan, Elizabeth M Molyneux, Malcolm E Molyneux, Stephen M Graham
Nontyphoidal Salmonellae commonly cause invasive disease in African children that is often fatal. The clinical diagnosis of these infections is hampered by the absence of a clear clinical syndrome. Drug resistance means that empirical antibiotic therapy is often ineffective and currently no vaccine is available. The study objective was to identify risk factors for mortality among children presenting to hospital with invasive Salmonella disease in Africa. We conducted a prospective study enrolling consecutive children with microbiologically-confirmed invasive Salmonella disease admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, in 2006...
December 7, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215546/initial-tadalafil-and-ambrisentan-combination-therapy-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-clinical-and-haemodynamic-long-term-efficacy-italy-study
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Michele D'Alto, Emanuele Romeo, Paola Argiento, Giuseppe Paciocco, Renato Prediletto, Stefano Ghio, Michele Correale, Francesco Lo Giudice, Roberto Badagliacca, Alessandra Greco, Carmine Dario Vizza
AIMS: Initial combination therapy with ambrisentan and tadalafil (upfront therapy) offers clinical benefits in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and reduces the risk of clinical failure compared with monotherapy in naïve patients. The aim of study is to assess the efficacy of a 12-month upfront therapy with ambrisentan and tadalafil in improving haemodynamics in incident PAH patients. METHODS: This is a multicentre retrospective analysis of real-world Italian clinical data in 56 patients with newly diagnosed PAH...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215168/decreased-signal-intensity-ratio-on-mra-reflects-misery-perfusion-on-spect-in-patients-with-intracranial-stenosis
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Masatomo Miura, Makoto Nakajima, Akiko Fujimoto, Shinya Shiraishi, David S Liebeskind, Yukio Ando
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acetazolamide reactivity on 123 I-IMP SPECT is used to detect misery perfusion due to intracranial atherosclerosis. Noninvasive fractional flow assessed by signal intensity ratio (SIR) on time of flight-magnetic resonance angiography (TOF-MRA) might offer a feasible alternative to identify high-risk intracranial stenosis. METHODS: Data from consecutive patients with unilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenosis who underwent both TOF-MRA and acetazolamide reactivity on 123 I-IMP SPECT were retrospectively analyzed...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214837/prediction-of-physical-activity-level-using-processes-of-change-from-the-transtheoretical-model-experiential-behavioral-or-an-interaction-effect
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Ahmed Jérôme Romain, Caroline Horwath, Paquito Bernard
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to compare prediction of physical activity (PA) by experiential or behavioral processes of change (POCs) or an interaction between both types of processes. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. SETTING: This study was conducted using an online questionnaire. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 394 participants (244 women, 150 men), with a mean age of 35.12 ± 12.04 years and a mean body mass index of 22...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214198/data-on-introduced-plants-in-zimbabwe-floristic-changes-and-patterns-of-collection-based-on-historical-herbarium-records
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Alfred Maroyi
National herbaria with significant historical plant collections are critical to tracking floristic changes and patterns, which include the introduction and spread of non-native plant species. To explore the importance of herbarium specimen data in understanding floristic changes in Zimbabwe, the plant collections housed by the National Herbarium (SRGH) in Harare, Zimbabwe were utilized with historical specimens dating back to 1870. A list of naturalised plant taxa and collection data were compiled. A total of 2916 plant specimens were recorded, comprising of 401 taxa, 237 genera and 76 plant families...
December 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212970/-prior-harvesting-and-cryopreservation-of-peripheral-blood-stem-cells-from-related-donors-current-situations-in-japan
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Takeshi Kobayashi, Kazuteru Ohashi, Kyoko Haraguchi, Yoshiki Okuyama, Masayuki Hino, Junji Tanaka, Yasunori Ueda, Tetsuya Nishida, Yoshiko Atsuta, Minoko Takanashi, Minako Iida, Kazuo Muroi, Hiromasa Yabe, Koichi Miyamura
Although peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantations in an unrelated transplant setting have been performed since 2010, prior harvesting and cryopreservation of PBSCs from unrelated donors has not been approved in Japan. There are no restrictions with regard to related donors. Therefore, in April 2015, we conducted a nationwide survey and obtained written answers from 123 transplant hospitals throughout Japan. Our survey revealed that as much as 81.3% of transplant hospitals routinely perform prior harvesting and cryopreservation of PBSCs from related donors and that both cell processing and quality management of cryopreserved products have been appropriately conducted in line with domestic guidelines, although post-thaw quality control and storage period setting require further improvements...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212965/effects-of-ezetimibe-statin-combination-therapy-on-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Kiyoshi Hibi, Shinjo Sonoda, Masanori Kawasaki, Yutaka Otsuji, Toyoaki Murohara, Hideki Ishii, Katsuhiko Sato, Ryoji Koshida, Yukio Ozaki, Masataka Sata, Yoshihiro Morino, Tadashi Miyamoto, Tetsuya Amano, Satoshi Morita, Ken Kozuma, Kazuo Kimura, Hisayoshi Fujiwara
BACKGROUND: The results of previous clinical trials on the effects of ezetimibe-statin combination therapy on atherosclerosis are inconsistent, and the anti-atherosclerotic effect of ezetimibe remains controversial.Methods and Results:We conducted a prospective, randomized open-label study at 10 centers. One hundred and twenty-eight statin-naïve patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-guided percutaneous coronary intervention were randomized to receive either 2 mg/day pitavastatin plus 10 mg/day ezetimibe, or 2 mg/day pitavastatin...
December 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212462/pharmacological-targeting-of-secondary-brain-damage-following-ischemic-or-hemorrhagic-stroke-traumatic-brain-injury-and-bacterial-meningitis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
Thomas Beez, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Nima Etminan
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of pharmacological strategies exclusively targeting secondary brain damage (SBD) following ischemic stroke, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, aSAH, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and bacterial meningitis is unclear. This meta-analysis studied the effect of SBD targeted treatment on clinical outcome across the pathological entities. METHODS: Randomized, controlled, double-blinded trials on aforementioned entities with 'death' as endpoint were identified...
December 7, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211932/targeted-versus-systematic-robot-assisted-transperineal-mri-trus-fusion-prostate-biopsy
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J Mischinger, S Kaufmann, G I Russo, N Harland, S Rausch, B Amend, M Scharpf, L Loewe, T Todenhoefer, M Notohamiprodjo, K Nikolaou, A Stenzl, J Bedke, S Kruck
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the performance of transperineal robot-assisted (RA) targeted (TB) and systematic (SB) prostate biopsy in the primary and repeat biopsy setting. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were admitted to RA biopsy between 2014-2016. Prior to RA-TB, multiparametric (mp) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was performed. Prostate lesions were scored (Prostate Imaging, Reporting and Data System Version 2) and used for RA-TB planning. In addition, RA-SB was performed...
December 6, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211816/clinical-outcome-and-molecular-characterisation-of-chemorefractory-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-patients-with-long-term-efficacy-of-regorafenib-treatment
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Erika Martinelli, Vincenzo Sforza, Claudia Cardone, Anna Capasso, Anna Nappi, Giulia Martini, Stefania Napolitano, Anna Maria Rachiglio, Nicola Normanno, Salvatore Cappabianca, Alfonso Reginelli, Maurizio Di Bisceglie, Tiziana Pia Latiano, Evaristo Maiello, Michele Orditura, Fernando De Vita, Floriana Morgillo, Fortunato Ciardiello, Teresa Troiani
HASH(0x54202f8) Background: To investigate the potential predictors of response to regorafenib, in chemorefractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients with long-term efficacy from regorafenib treatment. Methods: Retrospective, single institution analysis of patients with chemorefractory mCRC treated with regorafenib, in clinical practice setting. 123 patients were treated and stratified into two groups according to number of cycles received (<7 and ≥7)...
2017: ESMO Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211618/outcome-and-prognostic-factors-in-stage-iii-favorable-histology-wilms-tumor-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group-study-aren0532
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Conrad V Fernandez, Elizabeth A Mullen, Yueh-Yun Chi, Peter F Ehrlich, Elizabeth J Perlman, John A Kalapurakal, Geetika Khanna, Arnold C Paulino, Thomas E Hamilton, Kenneth W Gow, Zelig Tochner, Fredric A Hoffer, Janice S Withycombe, Robert C Shamberger, Yeonil Kim, James I Geller, James R Anderson, Paul E Grundy, Jeffrey S Dome
Background The National Wilms Tumor Study (NWTS) approach to treating stage III favorable-histology Wilms tumor (FHWT) is Regimen DD4A (vincristine, dactinomycin, and doxorubicin) and radiation therapy. Further risk stratification is required to improve outcomes and reduce late effects. We evaluated clinical and biologic variables for patients with stage III FHWT without combined loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at chromosomes 1p and 16q treated in the Children's Oncology Group protocol AREN0532. Methods From October 2006 to August 2013, 588 prospectively treated, centrally reviewed patients with stage III FHWT were treated with Regimen DD4A and radiation therapy...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210270/morphology-control-of-carbon-free-spinel-nico2o4-catalysts-for-enhanced-bifunctional-oxygen-reduction-and-evolution-in-alkaline-media
#18
Surya Vamsi Devaguptapu, Sooyeon Hwang, Stavros Karakalos, Shuai Zhao, Shiva Gupta, Dong Su, Hui Xu, Gang Wu
Spinel NiCo2O4 is considered a promising precious metal-free catalyst that is also carbon-free for oxygen electrocatalysis. Current efforts mainly focus on optimal chemical doping and substituent to tune its electronic structures for enhanced activity. Here, we study its morphology control and elucidate the morphology-dependent catalyst performance for bifunctional oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Three types of NiCo2O4 catalysts with significantly distinct morphologies were prepared using temple-free, Pluronic-123 (P-123) soft, and SiO2 hard templates, respectively, via hydrothermal methods following by a calcination...
December 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210138/endovascular-shedding-markers-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Petra Nijst, Jirka Cops, Pieter Martens, Quirine Swennen, Matthias Dupont, W H Wilson Tang, Wilfried Mullens
BACKGROUND: Endothelial glycocalyx degradation has been associated with multiple pathophysiological processes in cardiovascular disease. AIMS: To explore the role of glycocalyx shedding markers in pathophysiology of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). METHODS: In 123 HFrEF patients the concentration, prognostic value and association of glycocalyx shedding markers with other disease processes was investigated. RESULTS: Median hyaluronic acid (HA) levels and syndecan-1 levels in HFrEF patients were respectively 29...
December 6, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209694/workers-safety-in-public-psychiatric-services-problems-laws-and-protections
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F Carabellese, M Urbano, A Coluccia, G Gualtieri
The dramatic case of murder of a psychiatrist during her service in her public office (Centro di Salute Mentale of Bari-Libertà) has led the authors to reflect on the safety of workplaces, in detail of public psychiatric services. It is in the light of current legislation, represented by the Legislative Decree of April 9th, 2008 no. 81, which states the implementing rules of Law 123/2007. In particular, the Authors analyzed the criticalities of the application of this Law, with the aim of safeguarding the health and safety of the workers in all psychiatric services (nursing departments, outpatient clinics, community centers, day care centers, etc...
November 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
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