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minimal change disease

Paula Ribeiro Prist, Maria Uriarte, Leandro Reverberi Tambosi, Amanda Prado, Renata Pardini, Paulo Sérgio D Andrea, Jean Paul Metzger
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a disease caused by Hantavirus, which are negative-sense RNA viruses in the family Bunyaviridae that are highly virulent to humans. Numerous factors modify risk of Hantavirus transmission and consequent HPS risk. Human-driven landscape change can foster transmission risk by increasing numbers of habitat generalist rodent species that serve as the principal reservoir host. Climate can also affect rodent population dynamics and Hantavirus survival, and a number of social factors can influence probability of HPS transmission to humans...
2016: PloS One
Sebastian Schneeweiss, Wesley Eddings, Robert J Glynn, Elisabetta Patorno, Jeremy Rassen, Jessica M Franklin
BACKGROUND: Data-adaptive approaches to confounding adjustment may improve performance beyond expert knowledge when analyzing electronic healthcare databases and have additional practical advantages for analyzing multiple databases in rapid cycles. Improvements seemed possible if outcome predictors were reliably identified empirically and adjusted. METHODS: In five cohort studies from diverse healthcare databases, we implemented a base-case high-dimensional propensity score algorithm with propensity score decile-adjusted outcome models to estimate treatment effects among prescription drug initiators...
October 21, 2016: Epidemiology
Tatsuo Takahashi
It is necessary to achieve pharmacotherapy appropriate to individual patient with respect to effectiveness and safety. Since drugs are given to patients with various kinds of diseases and conditions, in which pharmacokinetics greatly changes, we need to understand the relationship between pharmacokinetics and patient's condition, minimizing the individual differences in drug efficacy and toxicity. In this report, I outline the alteration of pharmacokinetics of anti-osteoporotic drugs in patients with various diseases and conditions...
2016: Clinical Calcium
Salvador Alonso, Daniela Hernandez, Yu-Ting Chang, Christian D Gocke, Megan McCray, Ravi Varadhan, William H Matsui, Richard J Jones, Gabriel Ghiaur
Interactions between multiple myeloma (MM) cells and the BM microenvironment play a critical role in bortezomib (BTZ) resistance. However, the mechanisms involved in these interactions are not completely understood. We previously showed that expression of CYP26 in BM stromal cells maintains a retinoic acid-low (RA-low) microenvironment that prevents the differentiation of normal and malignant hematopoietic cells. Since a low secretory B cell phenotype is associated with BTZ resistance in MM and retinoid signaling promotes plasma cell differentiation and Ig production, we investigated whether stromal expression of the cytochrome P450 monooxygenase CYP26 modulates BTZ sensitivity in the BM niche...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
S Møller-Bisgaard, B J Ejbjerg, I Eshed, K Hørslev-Petersen, M L Hetland, A G Jurik, H Thomsen, T Torfing, K Stengaard-Pedersen, P Junker, N S Krogh, T Lottenburger, T Ellingsen, L S Andersen, H Skjødt, A J Svendsen, U Tarp, I T Hansen, J Pødenphant, J K Pedersen, H Lindegaard, L G Hanson, A Vestergaard, D Glinatsi, M Østergaard
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether a treat-to-target strategy based on methotrexate (MTX) and intra-articular (IA) betamethasone suppresses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-determined measures of disease activity and reduces joint destruction in early rheumatoid arthritis (eRA) patients, and to investigate whether concomitant cyclosporin A (CyA) provides an additional effect. METHOD: In the 2-year randomized, double-blind, treat-to-target trial CIMESTRA, 160 patients with eRA (< 6 months) were randomized to MTX, intra-articular betamethasone and CyA, or placebo CyA...
October 24, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Lulu Jiang, Charles C T Hindmarch, Mark Rogers, Colin Campbell, Christy Waterfall, Jane Coghill, Peter W Mathieson, Gavin I Welsh
Glucocorticoids are steroids that reduce inflammation and are used as immunosuppressive drugs for many diseases. They are also the mainstay for the treatment of minimal change nephropathy (MCN), which is characterised by an absence of inflammation. Their mechanisms of action remain elusive. Evidence suggests that immunomodulatory drugs can directly act on glomerular epithelial cells or 'podocytes', the cell type which is the main target of injury in MCN. To understand the nature of glucocorticoid effects on non-immune cell functions, we generated RNA sequencing data from human podocyte cell lines and identified the genes that are significantly regulated in dexamethasone-treated podocytes compared to vehicle-treated cells...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Aiko Tanaka, Mie Nishimura, Yuji Sato, Hiroki Sato, Jun Nishihira
Pleurotus cornucopiae (Oyster mushroom, Tamogitake) has long been eaten as a functional food for enhancement of the immune system, but its effectiveness has not been well confirmed in humans. To this end, we set up a double-blind placebo-controlled human clinical trial to investigate the potential of Oyster mushrooms with respect to the up-regulation of the immune system. The subjects ingested Oyster mushroom extract for 8 weeks. We measured the serum cytokine levels involved in regulation of the immune system, including interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, and tumor-necrosis factor (TNF)-α...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Massimiliano Berretta, Raffaele Di Francia, Brigida Stanzione, Gaetano Facchini, Arben LLeshi, Paolo De Paoli, Michele Spina, Umberto Tirelli
The introduction of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) into clinical practice has dramatically changed the outcome of HIV-infected patients by prolonging their survival. The increase in life expectancy has led to an increased risk of non-AIDS-related mortality and morbidity, including cardiovascular diseases, neurocognitive diseases, neuroendocrine dysfunctions and cancer. Areas Covered: The GICAT (Italian Cooperation Group on AIDS and Tumors) has demonstrated that patients who receive a multidisciplinary approach with the combination of anticancer agents (AC) and HAART can achieve better responses and survival rates than patients who receive AC alone...
October 22, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Abdulkadir Tunç, Belma Doğan Güngen, Ferhat Evliyaoğlu, Yeşim Güzey Aras, Aysel Kaya Tekeşin
The aim of this study was to investigate retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), ganglion cell layer (GCL) thickness, macular changes (central subfield thickness (CST), cube average thickness (CAT), cube volume (CV) in patients with migraine using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to assess if there was any correlation with white matter lesions (WML). In this prospective case-control study, RNFL, GCL thickness and macular changes of 19 migraine patients with aura (MA), 41 migraine without aura (MO) and 60 age- and gender-matched healthy subjects were measured using OCT device...
October 21, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Richard A Armstrong, Ann C McKee, Victor E Alvarez, Nigel J Cairns
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disorder which may result from repetitive brain injury. A variety of tau-immunoreactive pathologies are present, including neurofibrillary tangles (NFT), neuropil threads (NT), dot-like grains (DLG), astrocytic tangles (AT), and occasional neuritic plaques (NP). In tauopathies, cellular inclusions in the cortex are clustered within specific laminae, the clusters being regularly distributed parallel to the pia mater. To determine whether a similar spatial pattern is present in CTE, clustering of the tau-immunoreactive pathology was studied in the cortex, hippocampus, and dentate gyrus in 11 cases of CTE and 7 cases of Alzheimer's disease neuropathologic change (ADNC) without CTE...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Kumi Shidara, Ayako Nakajima, Eisuke Inoue, Daisuke Hoshi, Naoki Sugimoto, Yohei Seto, Eiichi Tanaka, Katsunori Ikari, Atsuo Taniguchi, Hisashi Yamanaka
OBJECTIVE: To validate the minimally important difference (MID) of physical function using the Japanese version of the Health Assessment Questionnaire (J-HAQ) in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Patients who participated in a cohort study in both October 2008 and April 2009 were analyzed. Patients self-rated their change in overall status over 6 months using a 5-point Likert scale ("much better", "somewhat better", "same", "somewhat worse", or "much worse")...
October 21, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
Anna Ågren, Margareta Holmström, David E Schmidt, Kazuya Hosokawa, Margareta Blombäck, Paul Hjemdahl
Patients with type 3 von Willebrand disease (VWD-3) have no measurable levels of VW factor (VWF) and usually require treatment with VWF-FVIII concentrate to prevent and/or stop bleeding. Even though the patients are treated prophylactically, they may experience bleeding symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of VWF-FVIII concentrate treatment in VWD-3 patients with the Total Thrombus Analysis System (T-TAS(®)), which measures thrombus formation under flow conditions. Coagulation profiles of 10 VWD-3 patients were analysed using T-TAS before and 30 minutes after VWF-FVIII concentrate (Haemate(®)) injection...
October 20, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
T V Lisovskaya, G B Mal'gina, T A Perepletina, M A Chistyakov, I V Dan'kova, O A Melkozerova
AIM: The purpose of the study was to investigate the morphological features of endometrium in patients with viral hepatitis type C. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A morphological survey was conducted involving endometrium sections stained with hematoxylin and eosin and Van Gieson's picrofuchsin collected from 140 women of reproductive age, among them 70 patients were diagnosed with chronic hepatitis type C (CHC) infection with minimal (40 patients) and moderate activity (30 patients), and 70 women suffered from endometrial proliferative diseases without viral hepatitis (comparison group)...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Jan-Marie Kozicky, Alexander McGirr, David J Bond, Marjorie Gonzalez, Leonardo E Silveira, Kamyar Keramatian, Ivan J Torres, Raymond W Lam, Lakshmi N Yatham
OBJECTIVES: Bipolar I disorder (BD-I) is associated with gray matter volume (GMV) alterations in neural regions important for emotional regulation. Reductions found in patients with multiple episodes are not seen at illness onset, suggesting that changes occur with illness progression, although no prospective studies to date have examined this. In the present study, we assessed GMV at baseline and one year following a first manic episode, examining the impact of episode recurrence on the trajectory of change...
September 2016: Bipolar Disorders
Matthew Gordon Varga, Maria Blanca Piazuelo, Judith Romero-Gallo, Alberto G Delgado, Giovanni Suarez, Morgan E Whitaker, Uma S Krishna, Rachna V Patel, Eric P Skaar, Keith T Wilson, Holly M Scott Algood, Richard M Peek
Helicobacter pylori induces chronic gastritis in humans and infection can persist for decades. One H. pylori strain-specific constituent that augments disease risk is the cag pathogenicity island. The cag island encodes a type IV secretion system (T4SS) that translocates DNA into host cells. Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) is an innate immune receptor that detects hypo-methylated CpG DNA motifs. In this study, we sought to define the role of the H. pylori cag T4SS on TLR9-mediated responses in vivo H. pylori strain PMSS1 or its cagE(-) mutant, which fails to assemble a T4SS, were used to infect wild-type or Tlr9(-/-) C57BL/6 mice...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Hyun Seok Jang, Jae Kyun Ju, Chang Hyun Kim, Soo Young Lee, Hyeong Rok Kim, Young Jin Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of extended resection of primary tumor on survival outcome in unresectable colorectal cancer (UCRC). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted for 190 patients undergoing palliative surgery for UCRC between 1998 and 2007 at a single institution. Variables including demographics, histopathological characteristics of tumors, surgical procedures, and course of the disease were examined. RESULTS: Kaplan-Meier survival curve indicated a significant increase in survival times in patients undergoing extended resection of the primary tumor (P < 0...
October 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Jinghua Wu, Shan Jia, Changxi Wang, Wei Zhang, Sixi Liu, Xiaojing Zeng, Huirong Mai, Xiuli Yuan, Yuanping Du, Xiaodong Wang, Xueyu Hong, Xuemei Li, Feiqiu Wen, Xun Xu, Jianhua Pan, Changgang Li, Xiao Liu
Acute B lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) is one of the most common types of childhood cancer worldwide and chemotherapy is the main treatment approach. Despite good response rates to chemotherapy regiments, many patients eventually relapse and minimal residual disease (MRD) is the leading risk factor for relapse. The evolution of leukemic clones during disease development and treatment may have clinical significance. In this study, we performed immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) repertoire high throughput sequencing (HTS) on the diagnostic and post-treatment samples of 51 pediatric B-ALL patients...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Catherine Duport, Michel Jobin, Philippe Schmitt
Bacillus cereus is a food-borne pathogen that causes diarrheal disease in humans. After ingestion, B. cereus experiences in the human gastro-intestinal tract abiotic physical variables encountered in food, such as acidic pH in the stomach and changing oxygen conditions in the human intestine. B. cereus responds to environmental changing conditions (stress) by reversibly adjusting its physiology to maximize resource utilization while maintaining structural and genetic integrity by repairing and minimizing damage to cellular infrastructure...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Lisbeth E Knudsen, Zorana J Andersen, Radim J Sram, Markéta Braun Kohlová, Eugen S Gurzau, Aleksandra Fucic, Laura Gribaldo, Pavel Rossner, Andrea Rossnerova, Vojtěch Máca, Iva Zvěřinová, Dagmar Gajdosova, Hanns Moshammer, Peter Rudnai, Milan Ščasný
In 2013-2015, a consortium of European scientists - NEWDANUBE - was established to prepare a birth cohort in the Danube region, including most of the countries with the highest air pollution in Europe, the area being one-fifth of the European Union's (EU's) territory, including 14 countries (nine EU member states), over 100 million inhabitants, with numerous challenges: big socioeconomic disparities, and a region-specific environmental pollution. The consortium reflects the EU Strategy for the Danube Region Strategy (2010), which identified 11 thematic Priority Areas - one of which is the environmental risks...
October 18, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
David John Webb
Treatment-resistant hypertension (TRH) is defined as the failure to achieve an office BP target of <140/90 mmHg (<130/80 mmHg in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or diabetes) in patients with hypertension (HT), despite adherence to at least 3 antihypertensive medications at optimal tolerated doses, ideally including a diuretic (Calhoun et al., Circulation 2008). TRH identifies patients with hard-to-treat HT, who might benefit from specialist investigation and treatment. Although some studies put the prevalence of TRH as >10%, these levels may be inflated by white-coat hypertension and poor adherence...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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