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H Peeters, E Louis, F Baert, O Dewit, J C Coche, M Ferrante, G Lambrecht, A Colard, A Van Gossum, P Bossuyt, T Moreels, B Vander Cruyssen, A Gils, M De Vos
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Anti-TNF monoclonal antibodies are a cornerstone in the treatment of Crohn's disease. Prospective data on switching from the subcutaneous and human adalimumab (ADM) to the intravenous and chimeric infliximab (IFX) are scarce. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective, observational, multicentre cohort study we included 21 patients with loss of response to ADM despite at least 4 consecutive weekly injections. Clinical response (CDAI drop≥70 points) and remission (CDAI≤150) were assessed after switching from ADM to IFX after 10 weeks, 6 and 12 months...
January 2018: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Karen E Bowker, Alan R Noel, Sharon Tomaselli, Marie Attwood, Alasdair P MacGowan
Background: The pharmacodynamics of inhaled antimicrobials are poorly studied. Amikacin is being developed for inhalational therapy as BAY 41-6551. Objectives: We employed an in vitro pharmacokinetic model to study the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of amikacin. Methods: A dose-ranging design was used to establish fAUC/MIC and fCmax/MIC targets for static, -1 log drop and -2 log drop effects for strains of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Alicia Donnellan Barraclough, Roman Zweifel, Jarrod Cusens, Sebastian Leuzinger
Diurnal courses of stem radial water dynamics represent the sum of all internal and external conditions affecting tree water relations. Changes in stem radius due to early morning water depletion and night time refilling of storage tissues is generally well documented. This study seeks to understand the unusual daytime refilling of stem elastic storage tissues present in the mangrove species Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh, which deviates from our traditional understanding of hydraulics in terrestrial trees...
March 17, 2018: Tree Physiology
Paulo Alvim Borges, Alexandre Fogaça Cristante, Tarcísio Eloy Pessoa de Barros-Filho, Renato Jose Mendonça Natalino, Gustavo Bispo Dos Santos, Raphael Marcus Marcon
OBJECTIVE: To standardize a spinal cord lesion mouse model. METHODS: Thirty BALB/c mice were divided into five groups: four experimental groups and one control group (sham). The experimental groups were subjected to spinal cord lesion by a weight drop from different heights after laminectomy whereas the sham group only underwent laminectomy. Mice were observed for six weeks, and functional behavior scales were applied. The mice were then euthanized, and histological investigations were performed to confirm and score spinal cord lesion...
March 15, 2018: Clinics
Sascha D Wellig, Sébastien Nusslé, Daniela Miltner, Oliver Kohle, Olivier Glaizot, Veronika Braunisch, Martin K Obrist, Raphaël Arlettaz
Wind turbines represent a source of hazard for bats, especially through collision with rotor blades. With increasing technical development, tall turbines (rotor-swept zone 50-150 m above ground level) are becoming widespread, yet we lack quantitative information about species active at these heights, which impedes proposing targeted mitigation recommendations for bat-friendly turbine operation. We investigated vertical activity profiles of a bat assemblage, and their relationships to wind speed, within a major valley of the European Alps where tall wind turbines are being deployed...
2018: PloS One
Anna Isakova, Billy J Murdoch, Katarina Novakovic
The oscillatory palladium-catalysed carbonylation reaction opens new horizons for applications in smart materials due to the versatility of its conditions and substrates, as well as the adjustability of amplitude and period of pH oscillations. A variety of viable substrates have been demonstrated, including polymeric alkyne-terminated substrates. However, so far, there have not been any reports of polymer-based palladium catalysts in oscillatory mode. In this paper, we demonstrate pH oscillations in various systems, using commercially available palladium acetate, a triphenylphosphine palladium acetate complex and a polymer-bound palladium catalyst...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hermann Schulze, Philip Esters, Franz Hartmann, Juergen Stein, Christina Christ, Michael Zorn, Axel Dignass
BACKGROUND: Vedolizumab (VDZ) drug monitoring strategies in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients have not been systematically investigated so far. We evaluated the correlation between VDZ trough levels (VTL) and the treatment response in IBD. METHODS: Fifty-one patients with active IBD on or starting a therapy with VDZ were enrolled in this prospective and observational single centre study. Disease activity indices, blood tests, and anthropometric parameters were assessed over a time period of 6 months...
March 21, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Matthew J Grosso, David P Trofa, Jonathan R Danoff, Thomas R Hickernell, Taylor Murtaugh, Akshay Lakra, Jeffrey A Geller
Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of tranexamic acid (TXA) on functional outcomes in the immediate postoperative period after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). We hypothesized that the known benefits of TXA would confer measurable clinical improvements in physical therapy (PT) performance, decrease pain, and decrease hospital length of stay (LOS). Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 560 TKA patients, including 280 consecutive patients whose surgery was performed before the initiation of a standardized TXA protocol and the first 280 patients who received TXA after protocol initiation...
March 2018: Arthroplasty Today
Pei-Chun Wu, Chien-Chih Wu
Tigecycline, a glycylcycline-derived antibacterial that has been approved for the treatment of various infections, is widely used for multi-drug resistant bacteria. Coagulopathy is an uncommon side effect during tigecycline treatment and is easily overlooked when it occurs. We reported the effect of tigecycline (50 mg every twelve hours) treatment in an 87-year-old man, with Gram negative bacillary pneumonia and respiratory failure. After 7 days of tigecycline treatment, a significant drop of hemoglobin and patchy ecchymosis over both thighs were suddenly observed despite stable clinical condition...
2018: IDCases
W Wild, F Bormann, H Sweiti, N Tamimi, D Pichulek, M Divo, P Dörr, M Schwarzbach
Introduction: We report a case of Clostridium perfringens septicemia in a patient presenting with a bleeding ulcer of a jejunal interposition. Case Presentation: An 81-year-old female patient was acutely admitted to our hospital due to hematemesis and melena. She had a history of metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumor, for which she was receiving second line treatment with sunitinib. She had also undergone a Merendino procedure 4 years prior to presentation. The patient underwent emergency gastroscopy, which revealed a bleeding ulcer in the jejunal interposition...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Shweta Gupta Rathi, Anasua Ganguly Kapoor, Swathi Kaliki
Ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN) refers to a spectrum of conjunctival and corneal epithelial tumors including dysplasia, carcinoma in situ, and invasive carcinoma. In this article, we discuss the current perspectives of OSSN associated with HIV infection, focusing mainly on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of these tumors in patients with HIV. Upsurge in the incidence of OSSN with the HIV pandemic most severely affected sub-Saharan Africa, due to associated risk factors, such as human papilloma virus and solar ultraviolet exposure...
2018: HIV/AIDS: Research and Palliative Care
Maxim Shevtsov, Boris Nikolaev, Yaroslav Marchenko, Ludmila Yakovleva, Nikita Skvortsov, Anton Mazur, Peter Tolstoy, Vyacheslav Ryzhov, Gabriele Multhoff
Background: Glioblastoma is the most devastating primary brain tumor of the central nervous system in adults. Magnetic nanocarriers may help not only for a targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic agents into the tumor site but also provide contrast enhancing properties for diagnostics using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Methods: Synthesized hybrid chitosan-dextran superparamagnetic nanoparticles (CS-DX-SPIONs) were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and relaxometry studies...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Kenji Kikuchi, Mark A Stremler, Souvick Chatterjee, Wah-Keat Lee, Osamu Mochizuki, John J Socha
Mosquitoes transport liquid foods into the body using two muscular pumps in the head. In normal drinking, these pumps reciprocate in a stereotyped pattern of oscillation, with a high frequency but small stroke volume. Do mosquitoes modulate their neuromotor programs for pumping to produce different drinking modes? More broadly, what are the mechanical consequences of a two-pump system in insects? To address these questions, we used synchrotron x-ray imaging and fluid mechanical modeling to investigate drinking performance in mosquitoes...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Amanda Figueiredo, Leonor M Nascimento, Louyse G Lopes, Rodrigo Giglioti, Ricardo D D G Albuquerque, Marcelo G Santos, Deborah Q Falcão, Jeane A P Nogueira, Leandro Rocha, Ana Carolina S Chagas
Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus is responsible for reducing animal welfare, causing a drop in productive performance and transmitting hemoparasites. The main strategy of tick control is application of synthetic acaricides. However, parasite resistance to these compounds is a major concern. Therefore, the acaricidal and repellent in vitro effect of the Ocotea elegans essential oil on larvae and adult females of R. (B.) microplus were evaluated. The larval packet test (LPT), larval repellency test (RT) and adult immersion test (AIT) were performed...
March 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Yi Lu, Zhonghua Gou, Yang Xiao, Chinmoy Sarkar, John Zacharias
A sharp drop in physical activity and skyrocketing obesity rate has accompanied rapid urbanization in China. The urban planning concept of transit-oriented development (TOD) has been widely advocated in China to promote physical activity, especially walking. Indeed, many design features thought to promote walking-e.g., mixed land use, densification, and well-connected street network-often characterize both TODs and established urban neighborhoods. Thus, it is often assumed that TODs have similar physical activity benefits as established urban neighborhoods...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Mohamed Mamdouh Elwan
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To report a novel technique for extraction of dropped haptics of hard posterior chamber intraocular lens. METHODS: A 58-year-old woman had undergone cataract extraction, and while implanting the posterior chamber intraocular lens it was dislocated in the anterior vitreous, and the cataract surgeon, tried to remove it by the anterior approach, but he succeeded to remove the optic part only, leaving the haptics dropped, then he referred the case after giving topical and systemic medications to control intraocular inflammation and, the case was prepared for pars plana vitrectomy, then injection of perfluorodecaline to keep the haptics away from the posterior pole then by 23 G vitrectomy probe and, the use of vacuum only, the haptics were removed and the perfluorodecaline was removed...
March 19, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Sam Denys, Michael Hofmann, Heleen Luts, Cécile Guérin, Ann Keymeulen, Katelijne Van Hoeck, Astrid van Wieringen, Karel Hoppenbrouwers, Jan Wouters
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the large-scale applicability of the Digit Triplet test (DTT) for school-age hearing screening in fifth grade elementary (5E) (9 to 12 years old) and third grade secondary (3S) (13 to 16 years old) school children. The reliability of the test is investigated as well as whether pass/fail criteria need to be corrected for training and/or age, and whether these criteria have to be refined with respect to referral rates and pure-tone audiometry results...
March 19, 2018: Ear and Hearing
Angel M Dzhambov, Donka D Dimitrova
Multiple risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been studied, but there is a dearth of research on occupational noise, which is highly prevalent in the United States (U.S.). This study aimed to determine whether occupational noise exposure was associated with an elevated risk of prevalent RA in the U.S. general population. Data from the 2011 to 2012 cross-sectional, population-based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used for secondary analysis. Self-reported lifetime exposure to very loud noise was linked to self-reported doctor-diagnosed RA in a sample of 4192 participants...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Baixue Yang, Chen Wei, Yang Yang, Qifang Wang, Sanming Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate parameters about wettability, water absorption or swelling of excipients in forms of powders or dosage through various methods systematically and explore its correlation with tablet disintegration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The water penetration and swelling of powders with different proportions of excipients including microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), mannitol, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose (L-HPC), crospolyvinylpyrrolidone (PVPP), carboxymethyl starch sodium (CMS-Na), croscarmellose sodium (CCMC-Na) and magnesium stearate (MgSt) were determined by Washburn capillary rise...
March 20, 2018: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
Diana Di Pinto, Marta Adragna
INTRODUCTION: Alagille syndrome (AS) is a cholestatic disease secondary to scarcity of interlobular bile ducts. It is associated with extrahepatic manifestations, and renal involvement is frequent. OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence, type and outcome of renal pathology in children with AS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The presence and outcome of renal pathology was retrospectively studied in 21 children who met AS criteria. RESULTS: Renal pathology was observed in 18 patients (85...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
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