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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527509/impact-of-qi-invigorating-traditional-chinese-medicines-on-intestinal-flora-a-basis-for-rational-choice-of-prebiotics
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REVIEW
Xiao-Meng Wang, Xiao-Bo Li, Ying Peng
According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Qi (vital energy) is regarded as a driving force of biological activities in human body, including both nutrient substances and organ functions. Qi-invigorating TCMs are widely used to treat various symptoms and disorders, such as fatigue, obesity, immunosuppression, intestinal flora imbalance, and gastrointestinal diseases, in which Qi is considered to be reduced or depleted. Interestingly, abundant clinical evidences suggest that these disorders are associated with the alternation of intestinal flora, which directly affects disease status...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527347/immunostimulatory-activity-of-plumieride-an-iridoid-in-augmenting-immune-system-by-targeting-th-1-pathway-in-balb-c-mice
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Jasvinder Singh, Arem Qayum, Rachna D Singh, Mytre Koul, Anpurna Kaul, N K Satti, Prabhu Dutt, Abid Hamid, Shashank Singh
Plumieride, an iridoid glucoside isolated from Plumieria acutifolia leaves was investigated for its immunostimulatory activity on humoral, cell mediated and intracellular cytokine levels in sensitized and unsensitised balb/c mice. Plumieride restores the suppressed cell mediated, humoral immune response and also enhances the release of TNF- α, IFN-γ, and IL-2 (Th-1) in immune compromised cyclosporine and cyclophosphamide treated balb/c mice. It does not stimulate the IL-4 (Th-2) expression. Plumieride demonstrates significant augmentation of Th-1 response in immunosuppressed balb/c mice...
May 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527158/asymptomatic-cryptococcal-antigenemia-in-people-living-with-hiv-plhiv-with-severe-immunosuppression-is-routine-crag-screening-indicated-in-india
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S Anuradha, Abhaya Narayana H, Richa Dewan, Ravinder Kaur, K Rajeshwari
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a common, life-threatening opportunistic infection (OI) among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India. Serum Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) positivity is predictive of future occurrence of CM and pre-emptive treatment reduces its mortality. Routine CrAg screening among PLHIV is not adopted by India's national programme. This study evaluated the prevalence of CrAg and assessed CrAg positivity in predicting all-cause mortality among PLHIV. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in a tertiary care, public health facility in New Delhi, India...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526805/evaluation-of-crescent-formation-as-a-predictive-marker-in-immunoglobulin-a-nephropathy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
Xue Shao, Bingjue Li, Luxi Cao, Ludan Liang, Jingjuan Yang, Yucheng Wang, Shi Feng, Cuili Wang, Chunhua Weng, Xiujin Shen, Hong Jiang, Jianghua Chen
The 2009 Oxford Classification of immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy (IgAN) identifies four histological features as predictors of renal prognosis: mesangial hypercellularity (M), endocapillary hypercellularity (E), segmental glomerulosclerosis (S), and tubular atrophy/interstitial fibrosis (T). However, the clinical and prognostic significance of crescent formation still remains controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the association between crescents and kidney outcome in IgAN. A total of 20 studies published from January 2009 to July 2016 involving 5,285 patients were included after systematic searches of PubMed and EMBASE databases...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526570/role-of-medicinal-plants-on-growth-performance-and-immune-status-in-fish
#5
REVIEW
Elham Awad, Amani Awaad
Disease outbreaks increase proportionally with increases in intensive aquaculture. Natural products including medicinal plants have been known from thousands of years for treating some human diseases. It is well known that many active compounds are responsible for potential bio-activities. For that reason, there has been considerable interest in the use of medicinal plants in aquaculture with a view to providing safe and eco-friendly compounds for replacing antibiotics and chemical compounds as well as to enhance immune status and control fish diseases...
May 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526427/atypical-presentations-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Camilla Barros Meireles, Laís Chaves Maia, Gustavo Coelho Soares, Ilara Parente Pinheiro Teodoro, Maria do Socorro Vieira Gadelha, Cláudio Gleidiston Lima da Silva, Marcos Antonio Pereira de Lima
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is endemic in 88 countries, showing relevant prevalences. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review on atypical lesions of CL around the world, addressing clinico-epidemiological, immunological and therapeutic aspects. A search of the literature was conducted via electronic databases Scopus and PubMed for articles published between 2010 and 2015. The search terms browsed were "cutaneous leishmaniasis", "atypical" and "unusual". Based on the eligibility criteria, 34 out of 122 articles were included in the final sample...
May 16, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526270/risk-factors-for-urinary-tract-infections-in-geriatric-hospitals
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Raphaële Girard, Sylvain Gaujard, Véronique Pergay, Pascal Pornon, Géraldine Martin Gaujard, Laurent Bourguignon
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most frequent nosocomial infection in geriatric units. An understanding of risk factors for infection may help identify prevention strategies. AIM: Identification of the risk factors for UTI in elderly patients. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 3 prospective cohorts. All hospitalized patients present in, or admitted to, a geriatric unit from June 1 to June 28, for the years 2009, 2012, and 2015 were included and followed until discharge or until June 30 of the year concerned...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525829/epidemiology-and-management-of-primary-immune-thrombocytopenia-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-korea
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Ji Yun Lee, Ju-Hyun Lee, Heeyoung Lee, Beodeul Kang, Ji-Won Kim, Se Hyun Kim, Jeong-Ok Lee, Jin Won Kim, Yu Jung Kim, Keun-Wook Lee, Jee Hyun Kim, Hyoung Soo Choi, Jong Seok Lee, Soo-Mee Bang
INTRODUCTION: The epidemiology of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is not well characterized in an Asian population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From July 2010 to June 2014, ITP patients were identified using the Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service database. RESULTS: The overall incidence rate of ITP was 5.3 per 100,000 person-years (95% CI: 5.1-5.5). The overall incidence rate ratios of children under 15years old to adults and females to males were 3...
May 11, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525390/microrna-155-attenuates-late-sepsis-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-through-jnk-and-%C3%AE-arrestin-2
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Yu Zhou, Yan Song, Zahir Shaikh, Hui Li, Haiju Zhang, Yi Caudle, Shouhua Zheng, Hui Yan, Dan Hu, Charles Stuart, Deling Yin
Cardiac dysfunction is correlated with detrimental prognosis of sepsis and contributes to a high risk of mortality. After an initial hyperinflammatory reaction, most patients enter a protracted state of immunosuppression (late sepsis) that alters both innate and adaptive immunity. The changes of cardiac function in late sepsis are not yet known. MicroRNA-155 (miR-155) is previously found to play important roles in both regulations of immune activation and cardiac function. In this study, C57BL/6 mice were operated to develop into early and late sepsis phases, and miR-155 mimic was injected through the tail vein 48 h after cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524832/measles-outbreak-in-pediatric-hematology-and-oncology-patients-in-shanghai-2015
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Yan-Ling Ge, Xiao-Wen Zhai, Yan-Feng Zhu, Xiang-Shi Wang, Ai-Mei Xia, Yue-Fang Li, Mei Zeng
BACKGROUND: Despite substantial progress toward measles control are making in China, measles outbreaks in immunocompromised population still pose a challenge to interrupt endemic transmission. This study aimed to investigate the features of measles in pediatric hematology and oncology patients and explore the reasons behind the outbreak. METHODS: We collected demographic, epidemiological, and clinical data of immunocompromised measles children. All suspected measles cases were laboratory-confirmed based on the presence of measles IgM and/or identification of measles RNA...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524434/unaffected-reaction-level-in-tuberculin-skin-test-by-long-term-therapy-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitors-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Shotaro Yamamoto, Katsuya Nagatani, Takeo Sato, Masahiro Iwamoto, Shino Takatori, Seiji Minota
AIM: The tuberculin skin test (TST) is used to diagnose tuberculosis; however, the influence of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors on the test is unclear. This study investigated whether therapy with TNF inhibitors suppresses the TST reaction due to immunosuppression or whether the TST reaction increases due to reactivation of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. METHOD: Ninety-one patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving TNF inhibitors (40 using infliximab and 51 using etanercept) were studied...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524363/donor-transmitted-mutation-of-the-abcb11-gene-and-ensuing-intra-hepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
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Tiong Yeng Lim, Iona Coltart, Pierre Foskett, Richard Thompson, Sandra Strautnieks, Leonie Penna, Catherine Williamson, Rosa Miquel, Michael A Heneghan
In liver transplant (LT) recipients, the cause of graft dysfunction in pregnancy is often difficult to ascertain. Moreover, a liver biopsy in late pregnancy is often avoided as a consequence of patient and physician factors. Management of graft dysfunction can be difficult in this setting. We report a 30-year-old female LT recipient who developed acutely deranged liver biochemistry during the third trimester of her first pregnancy. At 29 weeks gestation, her liver function test (LFT) became abnormal; AST peaked at 978 IU/L (normal range 10-50), GGT 25 IU/L (normal range 1-55), bilirubin 1...
May 19, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524146/-combination-therapy-of-refractory-localized-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-and-orbital-involvement
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Y O Grusha, D S Ismailova, P I Novikov, E A Kogan, Yu V Abramova, N M Bulanov, L V Sherstneva
Granulomatous orbital cellulitis is one of the most common ocular manifestations of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's). The process is often refractory to conventional immunosuppressive therapy and requires a more radical treatment approach. However, surgical experience with this type of patients is limited. There have been just a few reported cases of orbital decompression in such patients and many authors have doubted the appropriateness of the procedure, since it is associated with a high risk of potentially fatal complications...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524053/reduced-frequency-of-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-in-72-739-patients-with-psoriasis-a-retrospective-study
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Andrea Paradisi, Biagio Didona, Stefano Tabolli, Francesco Ricci, Luciano Sobrino, Annarita Panebianco, Damiano Abeni
Chronic inflammatory conditions, such as psoriasis, may pose an increased risk of cancer due to impaired immunosurveillance resulting from chronic inflammation and immunosuppressive medications. To compare the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in a retrospective cohort of 72,739 psoriasis patients and 25,956 non-dermatological patients. A record linkage was performed for data on hospitalizations, and the occurrence of NMSC was compared by computing the relative risk (RR) and modelled using multiple logistic regression...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523968/gastrointestinal-system-involvement-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#15
Z Li, D Xu, Z Wang, Y Wang, S Zhang, M Li, X Zeng
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem disorder which can affect the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Although GI symptoms can manifest in 50% of patients with SLE, these have barely been reviewed due to difficulty in identifying different causes. This study aims to clarify clinical characteristics, diagnosis and treatment of the four major SLE-related GI system complications: protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), intestinal pseudo-obstruction (IPO), hepatic involvement and pancreatitis. It is a systematic review using MEDLINE and EMBASE databases and the major search terms were SLE, PLE, IPO, hepatitis and pancreatitis...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523925/genetic-and-pathologic-characteristics-of-infectious-bursal-disease-viruses-isolated-from-broiler-chickens-in-iran-during-2014-2015
#16
H Norouzian, G Farjanikish, H Hosseini
Infectious bursal disease (IBD) virus causes a highly contagious immunosuppressive disease in chickens. A total number of 12 pooled bursal samples were collected during 2014-2015 from broiler farms in different regions of Iran. Typical macroscopical and histopathological lesions of the bursa of Fabricius were found similar to reports by other researchers. A 474-bp part of hypervariable region of VP2 (hvVP2) was sequenced and analyzed. Ten isolates had the characteristic amino acid residues of very virulent IBD (vvIBD) viruses and the other two were identified as attenuated (vaccine) strains...
2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523898/case-series-study-of-the-efficacy-of-compounded-antibacterial-steroid-and-moisturizer-in-atopic-dermatitis
#17
Fatima Lakhani, Kachiu Lee, Peter A Lio
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have demonstrated that the use of a topical antimicrobial combined with a steroid may benefit patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), but modern guidelines discourage the use of antimicrobials in treating this condition. We sought to evaluate the degree of improvement in the severity and extent of AD lesions after using a compounded antibacterial, steroid, and moisturizer (CASM). METHODS: This was a nonblinded retrospective review of patients with AD treated using CASM...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523592/islet-microencapsulation-strategies-and-clinical-status-in-diabetes
#18
REVIEW
Mustafa Omami, James J McGarrigle, Mick Reedy, Douglas Isa, Sofia Ghani, Enza Marchese, Matthew A Bochenek, Maha Longi, Yuan Xing, Ira Joshi, Yong Wang, José Oberholzer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease that results from the destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic β cells in the islets of Langerhans. Islet cell transplantation has become a successful therapy for specific patients with T1DM with hypoglycemic unawareness. The reversal of T1DM by islet transplantation is now performed at many major medical facilities throughout the world. However, many challenges must still be overcome in order to achieve continuous, long-term successful transplant outcomes...
July 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523511/-therapy-resistant-polymyositis-is-the-diagnosis-correct
#19
G Ceccon, H C Lehmann, E Neuen-Jacob, G Meng, G R Fink, G Wunderlich
We report the case of a 32-year-old woman with severely elevated serum creatine kinase (CK; 80,000 U/l) and progressive proximal pareses. As muscular biopsy showed inflammatory infiltrates, polymyositis was suspected and immunosuppressive treatment was initiated. However, clinical improvement could not be achieved. Gene sequencing of the DYSF-gene showed a previously unreported homozygous mutation. In summary, elevated serum CK and inflammatory infiltrates in the muscle biopsy are not specific for polymyositis, but may also occur in degenerative diseases (muscular dystrophy), such as dysferlinopathy...
May 18, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523463/immature-exosomes-derived-from-microrna-146a-overexpressing-dendritic-cells-act-as-antigen-specific-therapy-for-myasthenia-gravis
#20
Weifan Yin, Song Ouyang, Zhaohui Luo, Qiuming Zeng, Bo Hu, Liqun Xu, Yuan Li, Bo Xiao, Huan Yang
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a neurological autoimmune disease characterized by fluctuating weakness of certain voluntary muscles. Current treatments for MG are largely directed at suppressing the whole immune system by using immunosuppressants or glucocorticoids and often cause several side effects. The ideal therapeutic methods for MG should suppress aberrant immunoactivation specifically, while retaining normal function of the immune system. In this study, we first produced exosomes from microRNA-146a overexpressing dendritic cells (DCs)...
May 18, 2017: Inflammation
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