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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161691/failure-to-thrive-in-the-context-of-carney-complex
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Amit Tirosh, Adi Auerbach, Belen Bonella, Phaedon D Zavras, Elena Belyavskaya, Charalampos Lyssikatos, Karen Meir, Ram Weiss, Hagit Daum, Maya B Lodish, David Gillis, Constantine A Stratakis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Carney complex (CNC) is a rare syndrome associated with multiple tumors and several other unique manifestations. We describe the clinical, genetic, and laboratory findings in a cohort of patients with CNC and failure to thrive (FTT). METHODS: A retrospective case series of pediatric patients with CNC presenting with FTT. RESULTS: We describe a patient with infantile Cushing syndrome (CS) who presented with severe FTT and liver disease; the patient was subsequently diagnosed with CNC...
November 21, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994410/structure-of-the-conserved-francisella-virulence-protein-fvfa
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Subramania Kolappan, Karen Y Lo, Chiao Ling Jennifer Shen, Julian A Guttman, Lisa Craig
Francisella tularensis is a potent human pathogen that invades and survives in macrophage and epithelial cells. Two identical proteins, FTT_0924 from F. tularensis subsp. tularensis and FTL_1286 from F. tularensis subsp. holarctica LVS, have previously been identified as playing a role in protection of the bacteria from osmotic shock and its survival in macrophages. FTT_0924 has been shown to localize to the inner membrane, with its C-terminus exposed to the periplasm. Here, crystal structures of the F. novicida homologue FTN_0802, which we call FvfA, in two crystal forms are reported at 1...
October 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952374/hospitalization-for-failure-to-thrive-a-prospective-descriptive-report
#3
Catherine Larson-Nath, Nicole St Clair, Praveen Goday
Failure to thrive (FTT) is a common symptom leading to hospitalization of children. Most literature describing this population is from 30 years ago. Since that time the hospitalized population has become more medically complex. We aimed to describe children hospitalized for FTT in a tertiary care pediatric hospital. We prospectively collected demographic, anthropometric, evaluation, and outcome data for 92 consecutive children admitted with FTT. The majority of children grew with behavioral interventions alone (primary nonorganic FTT) and had negative evaluation (n = 63)...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946718/effects-of-topical-tamoxifen-on-wound-healing-of-burned-skin-in-rats
#4
Shaban Mehrvarz, Ali Ebrahimi, Hedayat Sahraei, Mohammad Hasan Bagheri, Sima Fazili, Shahram Manoochehry, Hamid Reza Rasouli
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the effects of the topical application of tamoxifen on wound healing of burned skin in Wistar rats by evaluating 3 healing characteristics: fibrotic tissue thickness (FTT), scar surface area (SSA), and angiogenesis in the healed scar tissue. METHODS: Eighteen male Wistar rats were used in this study. A third-degree burn wound was made on the shaved animals' back, measuring 2×2×2 cm. In the first group, a 2% tamoxifen ointment was applied to the wound twice daily for 8 weeks...
September 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866670/clinical-outcome-for-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-at-the-age-of-1-year-in-the-era-of-fetal-intervention
#5
Eva Van Ginderdeuren, Karel Allegaert, Herbert Decaluwe, Jan Deprest, Anne Debeer, Marijke Proesmans
BACKGROUND: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is an abnormal development of the diaphragm leading to high neonatal mortality and morbidity. Beyond the neonatal period, prospective data on overall long-term outcome in CDH survivors is scarce. In particular, for those treated with fetoscopic endoluminal tracheal occlusion (FETO), a promising new technique to increase survival chances for severe cases, the outcomes are even less documented. AIM: To prospectively document the clinical outcome of CDH at 1 year including FETO-treated infants in relation to ante- and postnatal variables...
September 2, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805282/autologous-breast-reconstruction-in-sickle-cell-trait-a-fine-line-between-success-failure
#6
Danny A Young-Afat, Marije J Hoornweg, Martine A van Huizum
Autologous breast reconstructions are increasingly being performed. While increased risks for flap loss after free tissue transfer (FTT) in sickle cell patients are known to most plastic surgeons, risks for patients with sickle cell trait (SCT) are less known. Unfortunately, recommendations to prevent complications after FTT in SCT are still scarce. We present additional and novel surgical measures that we took aiming to enhance probabilities for successful FTT in a SCT patient undergoing autologous breast reconstruction...
August 14, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780923/assessment-of-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer-are-we-using-the-right-tools
#7
Geana Paula Kurita, Marlene Sandvad, Lena Lundorff, Cibele Andrucioli De Mattos-Pimenta, Jette Højsted, Per Sjøgren
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at analyzing the validity and reliability of the continuous reaction time (CRT) test, the finger-tapping test (FTT), the Digit Span Test (DST), the Trail Making Test - part B (TMTB), and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in patients with metastatic cancer. METHOD: Eighty adult patients and 81 healthy controls were assessed between July of 2010 and November of 2015. The neuropsychological tests were analyzed regarding construct/discriminant/criterion validity and reliability...
August 7, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726767/fat-taste-sensitivity-is-associated-with-short-term-and-habitual-fat-intake
#8
Andrew Costanzo, Liliana Orellana, Caryl Nowson, Konsta Duesing, Russell Keast
Evidence suggests individuals less sensitive to fat taste (high fat taste thresholds (FTT)) may be overweight or obese and consume greater amounts of dietary fat than more sensitive individuals. The aims of this study were to assess associations between FTT, anthropometric measurements, fat intake, and liking of fatty foods. FTT was assessed in 69 Australian females (mean age 41.3 (15.6) (SD) years and mean body mass index 26.3 (5.7) kg/m²) by a 3-alternate forced choice methodology and transformed to an ordinal scale (FT rank)...
July 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711817/selection-and-application-of-familiar-and-novel-tools-in-patients-with-left-and-right-hemispheric-stroke-psychometrics-and-normative-data
#9
Ilka Buchmann, Jennifer Randerath
Frequently left brain damage (LBD) leads to limb apraxia, a disorder that can affect tool-use. Despite its impact on daily life, classical tests examining the pantomime of tool-use and imitation of gestures are seldom applied in clinical practice. The study's aim was to present a diagnostic approach which appears more strongly related to actions in daily life in order to sensitize applicants and patients about the relevance of the disorder before patients are discharged. Two tests were introduced that evaluate actual tool selection and tool-object-application: the Novel Tools (NTT) and the Familiar Tools (FTT) Test (parts of the DILA-S: Diagnostic Instrument for Limb Apraxia - Short Version)...
June 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687692/diencephalic-syndrome-a-rare-cause-of-failure-to-thrive
#10
Mustafa Tosur, Anca Tomsa, David L Paul
Timely diagnosis of diencephalic syndrome is not often the case for patients presenting with failure to thrive (FTT) because of its rarity and lack of specific symptoms. Herein, we report two cases of diencephalic syndrome (2-year-old girl and 10-month-old boy) presenting with severe emaciation. Both patients had histories of poor weight gain for months despite having good appetites prior to diagnosis. Initial work-up did not reveal the diagnosis. Horizontal nystagmus was noted in both patients: by a neurologist in the first patient and by a family member in the second patient...
July 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673755/psychomotor-assessment-as-a-tool-to-differentiate-schizophrenia-from-other-psychotic-disorders
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S Janssens, H Moens, V Coppens, F Vandendriessche, W Hulstijn, B Sabbe, M Morrens
GOAL: The aim of this study is to assess to what extent psychomotor assessment can aid the clinician in differentiating between schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. METHODS: Enrolled subjects were recent in remission patients (n=304), who all met DSM-IV (APA, 2013) criteria for either schizophrenia (Sz; n=117), schizoaffective disorder (SaD; n=36), psychotic disorder not otherwise specified (P-NOS) (n=86), substance/medication-induced psychotic disorder (SIPD; n=33) or major depressive disorder with psychotic features (MDD-p; n=32)...
June 30, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653085/assessment-of-the-validity-and-reproducibility-of-a-novel-standardized-test-meal-for-the-study-of-postprandial-triacylglycerol-concentrations
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Nikolaos Tentolouris, Panagiotis T Kanellos, Evangelia Siami, Elpida Athanasopoulou, Nikolaos Chaviaras, Genovefa Kolovou, Petros P Sfikakis, Nikolaos Katsilambros
Lipotest(®) is a standardized fat-rich meal designed for use as a test meal during a fat tolerance test (FTT) for the study of postprandial triacylglycerol (TAG) concentrations. Herein we examined the precision and reproducibility of examination using Lipotest(®) on postprandial TAG levels. A total of 26 healthy consenting subjects were examined twice after 8-10 h fasting with an interval of approximately 1 week apart. Blood samples were collected at baseline and 1, 2, 3, and 4 h after consumption of the test meal for measurement of plasma total TAG levels...
August 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572090/gdf15-is-a-heart-derived-hormone-that-regulates-body-growth
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Ting Wang, Jian Liu, Caitlin McDonald, Katherine Lupino, Xiandun Zhai, Benjamin J Wilkins, Hakon Hakonarson, Liming Pei
The endocrine system is crucial for maintaining whole-body homeostasis. Little is known regarding endocrine hormones secreted by the heart other than atrial/brain natriuretic peptides discovered over 30 years ago. Here, we identify growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) as a heart-derived hormone that regulates body growth. We show that pediatric heart disease induces GDF15 synthesis and secretion by cardiomyocytes. Circulating GDF15 in turn acts on the liver to inhibit growth hormone (GH) signaling and body growth...
August 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566124/melatonin-for-prevention-of-erythema-and-oxidative-stress-in-response-to-ultraviolet-radiation
#14
Cecilie Scheuer
Skin damage induced by UVR is an escalating problem in dermatology, and increasing incidence of skin cancer, especially for non-melanoma skin cancer, has been reported worldwide. UVR from sun exposure and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is known to be a pivotal factor in the aetiology of skin cancer. The pineal hormone melatonin is recognized as the most potent endogenous antioxidant. Melatonin conducts its antioxidant effects acting directly as a radical scavenger and indirectly by up regulation of antioxidant enzymes...
June 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536044/free-tissue-transfer-for-necrotizing-fasciitis-reconstruction-a-case-series
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Justin Peter Gawaziuk, Tianyi Liu, Leif Sigurdson, Edward Buchel, Thomas Edward Jo Hayakawa, Sarah Shiga, Sarvesh Logsetty
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a life-threatening infection requiring extensive debridement that may necessitate amputation. Free tissue transfer (FTT) is an option for reconstruction in difficult cases. Currently, only case reports have described FTT in the setting of NF, and comprehensive evidence on flap outcomes is lacking. The present study characterizes outcomes in patients with FTT following NF. METHODS: All patients admitted with NF between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2011 to our level 1 burns/trauma referral center were retrospectively reviewed...
November 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390595/obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-a-5-month-old-with-tonsillar-hypertrophy-secondary-to-congenital-neutropenia-case-report-and-literature-review
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O G Ahmed, E M Lambert
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) is the primary surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children with tonsillar and adenoid hypertrophy (TAH). We present the case of a 5-month old male with congenital neutropenia who developed severe TAH during treatment with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). He had severe OSA, decreased oral intake, and failure to thrive (FTT) which all improved after undergoing a successful intracapsular T&A. We describe a successful procedure to help alleviate symptoms of OSA and FTT in this young infant with congenital neutropenia who developed TAH during treatment with G-CSF...
May 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372827/expansion-and-retention-of-pulmonary-cd4-t-cells-after-prime-boost-vaccination-correlates-with-improved-longevity-and-strength-of-immunity-against-tularemia
#17
Lydia M Roberts, Tara D Wehrly, Deborah D Crane, Catharine M Bosio
Francisella tularensis subsp. tularensis strain SchuS4 (Ftt) is a highly virulent intracellular bacterium. Inhalation of 10 or fewer organisms results in an acute and potentially lethal disease called pneumonic tularemia. Ftt infections occur naturally in the U.S. and Ftt was developed as a bioweapon. Thus, there is a need for vaccines that protect against this deadly pathogen. Although a live vaccine strain of Francisella tularensis (LVS) exists, LVS fails to generate long-lived protective immunity against modest challenge doses of Ftt...
March 31, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350283/testing-fine-motor-coordination-via-telehealth-effects-of-video-characteristics-on-reliability-and-validity
#18
Helen M Hoenig, Kristopher Amis, Carol Edmonds, Michelle S Morgan, Lawrence Landerman, Kevin Caves
Background There is limited research about the effects of video quality on the accuracy of assessments of physical function. Methods A repeated measures study design was used to assess reliability and validity of the finger-nose test (FNT) and the finger-tapping test (FTT) carried out with 50 veterans who had impairment in gross and/or fine motor coordination. Videos were scored by expert raters under eight differing conditions, including in-person, high definition video with slow motion review and standard speed videos with varying bit rates and frame rates...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334676/manual-motor-speed-dysfunction-as-a-neurocognitive-endophenotype-in-euthymic-bipolar-disorder-patients-and-their-healthy-relatives-evidence-from-a-5-year-follow-up-study
#19
P Correa-Ghisays, V Balanzá-Martínez, G Selva-Vera, J Vila-Francés, E Soria-Olivas, J Vivas-Lalinde, C San Martín, A M Borrás, R Ayesa-Arriola, J Sanchez-Moreno, J Sánchez-Ort, B Crespo-Facorro, E Vieta, R Tabarés-Seisdedos
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined Manual Motor Speed (MMS) in bipolar disorder (BD). The aim of this longitudinal, family study was to explore whether dysfunctional MMS represents a neurocognitive endophenotype of BD. METHODS: A sample of 291 subjects, including 131 BD patients, 77 healthy first-degree relatives (BD-Rel), and 83 genetically-unrelated healthy controls (HC), was assessed with the Finger-Tapping Test (FTT) on three occasions over a 5-year period...
June 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267121/current-techniques-for-postoperative-monitoring-of-microvascular-free-flaps
#20
Nasir Khatri, Shuhao Zhang, Santosh S Kale
Free tissue transfer (FTT) is used in patients with complicated reconstructive needs; it can provide stable wound coverage, improved aesthetic appearance, and restore functional deficits. Despite the high success rates of free flaps, vascular occlusion is a significant risk leading to flap failure. Many studies have demonstrated that the salvage rate for flaps is inversely related to the time between onset of a vascular problem and its surgical correction. As a result, ongoing postoperative monitoring of free flaps for adequate perfusion is imperative to allow timely and accurate diagnosis of vascular compromise...
March 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
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