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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448028/system-for-efficacy-and-cytotoxicity-screening-of-inhibitors-targeting-intracellular-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Xingji Zheng, Yossef Av-Gay
Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. With the increased spread of multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), there is a real urgency to develop new therapeutic strategies against M. tuberculosis infections. Traditionally, compounds are evaluated based on their antibacterial activity under in vitro growth conditions in broth; however, results are often misleading for intracellular pathogens like M. tuberculosis since in-broth phenotypic screening conditions are significantly different from the actual disease conditions within the human body...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447876/intrinsic-mesenchymal-stem-cell-dysfunction-in-diabetes-mellitus-implications-for-autologous-cell-therapy
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Mari van de Vyver
Mesenchymal stem cells derived from bone marrow (BM-MSCs) have multi-functional properties that have made them a promising therapeutic agent for many regenerative, anti-inflammatory, and auto-immune applications. Under chronic pathological conditions, however, BM-MSCs can become functionally compromised due to long term exposure to changes in the systemic and localized stem cell niche micro-environments. In addition to the fact that functionally compromised BM-MSCs may be therapeutically ineffective, the impairment of BM-MSCs is potentially a contributing factor to disease progression and the development of co-morbidities...
April 27, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447279/multi-modality-molecular-imaging-of-aortic-aneurysms
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Brian J Malm, Mehran M Sadeghi
Aneurysms of the thoracic and abdominal aorta are common and can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality when complications, including dissection, rupture, or thrombosis, occur. Current approaches to diagnosis and risk stratification rely on measurements of aneurysm size and rate of growth, often using various imaging modalities, which may be suboptimal in identifying patients at the highest and lowest risk of complications. Targeting the biological processes underlying aneurysm formation and expansion with molecular imaging offers an exciting opportunity to characterize aortic aneurysms beyond size and address current gaps in our approach to diagnosis and treatment...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446572/evaluation-of-the-accelerate-pheno%C3%A2-system-for-fast-identification-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-from-positive-blood-culture-in-gram-negative-bloodstream-infection
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Matthias Marschal, Johanna Bachmaier, Ingo Autenrieth, Philipp Oberhettinger, Matthias Willmann, Silke Peter
Bloodstream infections (BSI) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Increasing rates of antimicrobial resistant pathogens limit treatment options, prompting an empirical use of broad-range antibiotics. Fast and reliable diagnostic tools are needed to provide adequate therapy in a timely manner and to enable a de-escalation of treatment.The Accelerate Pheno™ system (Accelerate Diagnostics, USA) is a fully automated test system that performs both identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) directly from positive blood cultures within approx...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445796/decreasing-the-use-of-damage-control-laparotomy-in-trauma-a-quality-improvement-project
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John A Harvin, Lillian S Kao, Mike K Liang, Sasha D Adams, Michelle K McNutt, Joseph D Love, Laura J Moore, Charles E Wade, Bryan A Cotton, John B Holcomb
BACKGROUND: Our institution has published damage control laparotomy (DCL) rates of 30% and documented the substantial morbidity associated with the open abdomen. The purpose of this quality improvement (QI) project was to decrease the rate of DCL at a busy, Level 1 trauma center in the United States. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort of all emergent trauma laparotomies from 11/2013-10/2015 (QI group) were followed. The QI intervention was multi-faceted and included audit and feedback for every DCL case...
April 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442321/high-prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-soil-transmitted-helminth-co-infections-in-a-periurban-community-in-kwara-state-nigeria
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Olarewaju A Babamale, Uade S Ugbomoiko, Jorg Heukelbach
Prevalence of malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections, and the burden of disease are enormous in sub-Saharan Africa. Co-infections aggravate the clinical outcome, but are common due to an overlap of endemic areas. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess prevalence, intensity of infection and association between malaria and soil-transmitted helminth infections in a typical periurban community in Kwara State. Fresh blood and faecal samples were examined using thick blood film and Kato-Katz smear techniques...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440997/-neisseria-meningitidis-a-clinical-case-with-multi-organ-affection
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Alejandro Medina-Reyes, Beatriz Díaz-Polanco, Diego Sandoval-Chávez, Manuel Nodal-Hernández, Juan R Ayala-Franco
Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) is an agent feared for decades in the medical field due to its important morbidity and mortality. Ironically between 10 and 15% of the population will be asymptomatic carriers of this germ, which will also be ready to activate and manifest itself as a sickness at the right moment. We present the case of a nine-year-old girl who arrived at the Pediatric Emergency Service (to the Hospital General Region number 35, in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua) with the disease in multiple organs, where the Nm was isolated in the cerebrospinal fluid and in skin injuries, displaying three serotypes of Nm...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435420/qualitative-evaluation-of-the-implementation-of-an-integrated-care-delivery-model-for-chronic-patients-with-multi-morbidity-in-the-basque-country
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María Luz Jauregui, Carmen Silvestre, Pedro Valdes, Idoia Gaminde
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to assess a model for improving healthcare integration for patients with multiple chronic diseases in an integrated healthcare organisation in the Basque Country and to propose areas for improvement. METHODS: We organised four nominal groups composed of representatives from different categories of clinicians involved in the development of an integrated healthcare organisation and in the integrated care of patients with multiple diseases, namely, internists, general practitioners, and primary care and hospital nurses...
August 19, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431019/identifying-cytomegalovirus-cmv-complications-using-the-quantiferon-cmv-assay-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Michelle K Yong, Paul U Cameron, Monica Slavin, C Orla Morrissey, Krystal Bergin, Andrew Spencer, David Ritchie, Allen C Cheng, Assia Samri, Guislaine Carcelain, Brigitte Autran, Sharon R Lewin
Background: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation and disease remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. A simple test to identify recovery of CMV-specific T-cell immunity could assist clinicians in managing CMV-related complications. Methods: In an observational multi-centre prospective study of 94 allogeneic HSCT recipients we evaluated CMV-specific T-cell immunity at baseline, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months post-transplant using the Quantiferon-CMV®, an ELISpot assay and in a subset, we also evaluated intracellular cytokine staining (ICS)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429987/beyond-integrated-care
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Thomas Plochg, Stefania Ilinca, Mirko Noordegraaf
Integrated care tops the health care agenda. But more integration alone will not remedy the crisis in health care, and there is a danger in the increasingly prevalent conceptualization of care integration as a goal in itself rather than as an instrument for improving performance. Operating integrated care systems, staffed by an overly specialized medical workforce, is unsustainable in terms of human and financial resources and is likely to produce little benefit for patients with multi-morbidity. An alternative approach involves health care leaders going beyond integrated care and nurturing transformative change from within the medical workforce instead...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426274/a-critical-appraisal-of-shingrix-a-novel-herpes-zoster-subunit-hz-su-or-gsk1437173a-vaccine-for-varicella-zoster-virus
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Tehmina Bharucha, Damien Ming, Judith Breuer
HZ/Su, branded as 'Shingrix', is one of the newest vaccines to be submitted for multi-national regulatory approval. It is targeted to prevent shingles, predominantly affecting the elderly, but a global concern with ageing populations and significant associated morbidity and mortality. A vaccine for shingles has been available for over a decade, however it is contraindicated in specific subgroups of people, and there are added concerns regarding long-term immunogenicity. HZ/Su is the first subunit vaccine developed to protect against shingles...
April 20, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424703/immune-responses-to-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-vaccination-why-do-they-fail-to-protect-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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REVIEW
Juan I Moliva, Joanne Turner, Jordi B Torrelles
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is the current leading cause of death due to a single infectious organism. Although curable, the broad emergence of multi-, extensive-, extreme-, and total-drug resistant strains of M.tb has hindered eradication efforts of this pathogen. Furthermore, computational models predict a quarter of the world's population is infected with M.tb in a latent state, effectively serving as the largest reservoir for any human pathogen with the ability to cause significant morbidity and mortality...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422917/an-adapted-clavien-dindo-scoring-system-in-trauma-as-a-clinically-meaningful-non-mortality-endpoint
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David N Naumann, Laura E Vincent, Nicola Pearson, Alastair Beaven, Iain M Smith, Kieran Smith, Emma Toman, Helen R Dorrance, Keith Porter, Charles E Wade, Bryan A Cotton, John B Holcomb, Mark J Midwinter
BACKGROUND: There is no consensus on reporting non-mortality trauma complications in a graded manner. The Clavien-Dindo scale of complications was originally for elective surgery, and requires adaptation to provide meaningful data for trauma patients. In particular the original score does not account for those treated without surgery. We report an adapted Clavien-Dindo in trauma (ACDiT) scale and apply it to patients managed operatively and non-operatively. METHODS: A combined prospective and retrospective international multi-center observational study was undertaken to apply the ACDiT scale to 484 trauma patients at 3 university teaching hospitals (Birmingham, England (n=303); Houston, Texas (n=113); and Glasgow, Scotland (n=68))...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422582/combining-activity-related-behaviors-and-attributes-improves-prediction-of-health-status-in-nhanes
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Sarah Kozey Keadle, Shirley Bluethmann, Charles Matthews, Barry I Graubard, Frank Perna
BACKGROUND: This paper tested whether a physical activity index (PAI) that integrates PA-related behaviors (i.e., moderate-vigorous [MVPA] and TV viewing) and performance measures (i.e., cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength) improves prediction of health status. METHODS: Participants were a nationally representative sample of US adults from 2011-2012 NHANES. Dependent variables (self-reported health status, multi-morbidity, functional limitations and metabolic syndrome) were dichotomized...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421643/empiric-antibiotic-regimens-for-neonatal-sepsis-in-australian-and-new-zealand-neonatal-intensive-care-units
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Jeremy P Carr, David P Burgner, Rohan S Hardikar, Jim P Buttery
AIM: Neonatal sepsis remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality, and requires prompt empiric treatment. However, only a minority of babies who receive antibiotics for suspected sepsis have an infection. Antimicrobial exposure in infancy has important short- and long-term consequences. There is no consensus regarding empirical antimicrobial regimens. METHODS: The study included a survey of empiric antimicrobial regimens in all tertiary neonatal intensive care units in Australia and New Zealand in 2013-2014...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419092/a-multi-centric-study-of-candida-bloodstream-infection-in-lima-callao-peru-species-distribution-antifungal-resistance-and-clinical-outcomes
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Lourdes Rodriguez, Beatriz Bustamante, Luz Huaroto, Cecilia Agurto, Ricardo Illescas, Rafael Ramirez, Alberto Diaz, Jose Hidalgo
BACKGROUND: The incidence of candidemia is increasing in developing countries. Very little is known about the epidemiology of candidemia in Peru. The aim of this study is to describe the incidence, microbiology, clinical presentation and outcomes of Candida bloodstream infections in three Lima-Callao hospitals. METHODS: Candida spp. isolates were identified prospectively at participant hospitals between November 2013 and January 2015. Susceptibility testing for amphotericin B, fluconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole and anidulafungin was performed using broth microdilution method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417609/action-plans-and-coping-strategies-in-elderly-copd-patients-influence-the-result-of-pulmonary-rehabilitation-an-observational-study
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Patrizia Russo, Giulia Prinzi, Aliaksei Kisialou, Vittorio Cardaci, Emanuele Stirpe, Vittoria Conti, Massimo Fini, Stefano Bonassi
BACKGROUND: COPD management needs a comprehensive assessment of clinical features (symptoms severity, co-morbidities) together with life-style, behavioural, socio-economic and multi-omics parameters. Among the other issues, psycho-cognitive assessment plays a critical role. Coping strategies are used to manage psychological stress. AIM: To evaluate the association between coping strategies and outcome of Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR). DESIGN: Observational study...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417301/overview-of-coronary-heart-disease-risk-initiatives-in-south-asia
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REVIEW
Ankur Kalra, Deepak L Bhatt, Sanjay Rajagopalan, Kunal Suri, Sundeep Mishra, Romaina Iqbal, Salim S Virani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Industrialization and economic growth have led to an unprecedented increment in the burden of CVD and their risk factors in less industrialized regions of the world. While there are abundant data on CVD and their risk factors from longitudinal cohort studies done in the West, good-quality data from South Asia are lacking. RECENT FINDINGS: Several multi-institutional, observational, prospective registries, and epidemiologic cohorts in South Asia have been established to systematically evaluate the burden of CVD and their risk factors...
June 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417196/a-sustaining-rod-increases-necrosis-of-loop-ileostomies-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Joel Zindel, Chantal Gygax, Peter Studer, Melanie Kauper, Daniel Candinas, Vanessa Banz, Lukas E Brügger
PURPOSE: Defunctioning loop ileostomies (LI) are commonly used in colorectal surgery to reduce the potentially detrimental consequences of anastomotic leakages. However, stoma-related morbidity is high with up to 75% of patients having local complications. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a sustaining rod on the local complication rate. METHODS: In this prospective, multi-center, randomized controlled trial, subjects were allocated to either a rod or a rod-less protocol (NCT00959738)...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416823/-identification-of-a-new-pro-invasion-factor-in-tumor-microenvironment-progress-in-function-and-mechanism-of-extracellular-atp
#20
W G Fang, X X Tian
Up to 90% of all cancer related morbidity and mortality can be attributed to metastasis. In recent years the study of tumor microenvironment, its cellular and molecular components, and how they can affect neoplastic progression toward metastasis, has become a hot focus in cancer research. Accumulated evidence shows that the formation of metastasis is a multi-step sequential process, in which, the tumor cells continuously interact with the host microenvironment. Host derived factors, i.e. growth factors/inhibitors, angiogenic factors, chemokines, etc...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
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