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Ahmet Özen, Perran Boran, Fatih Torlak, Elif Karakoç-Aydıner, Safa Barış, Melda Karavuş, Işıl Barlan
BACKGROUND: Allergic diseases with a potential for anaphylaxis pose a critical public health issue in schools. AIMS: This study was carried out to identify the current status of prevention and management of anaphylaxis in school children with the main goal of establishing such an action plan. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: Schools were randomly selected from 11 different regions of Istanbul. A questionnaire was filled out by 2596 teachers/school principals from 232 public schools...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Elif Demircan, Mehmet Citirik, Nilufer Berker, Hatice Unverdi, Sema Hucumenoglu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the ocular surface alterations and tear film functions in patients with ocular Behçet disease (BD). METHODS: This study included 48 eyes of 48 patients with inactive BD and a control group of 33 age- and sex-matched subjects. Schirmer I and tear break-up time (TBUT) tests were used to evaluate the tear film of the subjects. Impression cytology was used to evaluate morphological changes of the conjunctival surface epithelial cells. RESULTS: The mean Schirmer I test result was 11...
November 2016: Cornea
Elif B Turkoglu, Sara E Lally, Carol L Shields
PURPOSE: To report a case of choroidal sarcoid granuloma simulating choroidal metastasis in a patient with prostate carcinoma. METHOD: Case report. RESULTS: A 66-year-old man was found to have an asymptomatic choroidal mass in his left eye. He had known history of pulmonary sarcoidosis without systemic involvement and prostate carcinoma without metastasis. On examination, visual acuity was 20/20 in each eye. Anterior segment was normal, without inflammatory sign in either eye...
October 18, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Damla Tokac, Erdem Tuzun, Huseyin Gulec, Vuslat Yılmaz, Elif Sinem Bireller, Bedia Cakmakoglu, Cem Ismail Kucukali
OBJECTIVE: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a debilitating psychiatric disease with unknown etiology. Recent studies have shown inflammation as a potential contributing factor of BD pathogenesis. However, potential associations between chemokine and chemokine receptor polymorphisms and BD have been fundamentally understudied. To identify participation of chemokines in BD pathogenesis, we examined genetic variants of several chemokine and chemokine receptor genes. METHODS: The study population comprised 200 patients with BD and 195 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
September 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
Mehmet Gokcu, Kemal Gungorduk, Osman Aşıcıoğlu, Nilüfer Çetinkaya, Tayfun Güngör, Gonca Pakay, Zeliha Fırat Cüylan, Tayfun Toptaş, Ramazan Özyurt, Elif Ağaçayak, Aykut Ozdemir, Onur Erol, Anıl Turan, Varol Gülseren, Mehmet Sait İcen, Taylan Şenol, Hakan Güraslan, Burcu Yücesoy, Ahmet Sahbaz, Ozgu Gungorduk, Berhan Besimoğlu, Kaan Pakay, Osman Temizkan, Muzaffer Sancı, Tayup Şimşek, Mehmet Mutlu Meydanlı, Mehmet Harma, Levent Yaşar, Birtan Boran, Aysel Derbent Uysal, Ateş Karateke
BACKGROUND: The optimal surgical management and staging of borderline ovarian tumors (BOTs) are controversial. Institutions have different surgical approaches for the treatment of BOTs. Here, we performed a retrospective review of clinical characteristics, surgical management and surgical outcomes, and sought to identify variables affecting disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in patients with BOTs. METHODS: A retrospective review of ten gynecological oncology department databases in Turkey was conducted to identify patients diagnosed with BOTs...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Ovarian Research
Mehmet Ali Cikrikcioglu, Zeynep Erturk, Elif Kilic, Kenan Celik, Iskender Ekinci, Ayse Irem Yasin Cetin, Tuba Ozkan, Guven Cetin, Shute Ailia Dae, Rumeyza Kazancioglu, Reha Erkoc
BACKGROUND: Endocan is a newly identified proteoglycan released from endothelium, stimulating angiogenesis and when increased, indicates endothelial activation (inflammation). Our aim was to examine the association between serum endocan levels and urine albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR). METHOD: One hundred and thirty-seven patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and normal serum creatinine who had no co-morbidities other than hypertension, diabetic nephropathy, retinopathy, or neuropathy were divided into normoalbuminuria (G1), microalbuminuria (G2), and macroalbuminuria (G3) groups and compared cross-sectionally regarding serum endocan levels...
October 18, 2016: Renal Failure
Basak Sahin-Acar, Tugce Bakir, Elif Gizem Kus
This study aimed to examine how daughters, mothers, and grandmothers from the same families resembled each other and how these three generations differed from each other in narrating their earliest childhood memories. Fifty-nine triads from the same families filled out a memory questionnaire and were asked to narrate their earliest childhood memories. Results revealed both intrafamilial similarities and cross-generational difference on characteristics of triads' earliest childhood memories. After earliest childhood memories were coded for memory characteristics, we measured intrafamilial similarities using intra-class correlation coefficients across three generations for each memory characteristic...
October 17, 2016: Memory
Guislaine Refrégier, Edgar Abadia, Tomoshige Matsumoto, Hiromi Ano, Tetsuya Takashima, Izuo Tsuyuguchi, Elif Aktas, Füsun Cömert, Michel Kireopori Gomgnimbou, Stefan Panaiotov, Jody Phelan, Francesc Coll, Ruth McNerney, Arnab Pain, Taane G Clark, Christophe Sola
Two geographically distant M. tuberculosis sublineages, Tur from Turkey and T3-Osaka from Japan, exhibit partially identical genotypic signatures (identical 12-loci MIRU-VNTR profiles, distinct spoligotyping patterns). We investigated T3-Osaka and Tur sublineages characteristics and potential genetic relatedness, first using MIRU-VNTR locus analysis on 21 and 25 samples of each sublineage respectively, and second comparing Whole Genome Sequences of 8 new samples to public data from 45 samples uncovering human tuberculosis diversity...
October 14, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Yusuke Watanabe, Amin Madani, Elif Bilgic, Katherine M McKendy, Gada Enani, Iman Ghaderi, Gerald M Fried, Liane S Feldman, Melina C Vassiliou
BACKGROUND: General surgery residency may not adequately prepare residents for independent practice. It is unclear; however, if non-ACGME-accredited fellowships are better meeting training needs. The purpose of this mixed-method study was to determine perceived preparedness for practice and to identify gaps in fellowship training. METHODS: A survey was developed using an iterative qualitative methodology based on interviews and focus groups of graduated fellows and program directors...
October 14, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Elif Can, Felicitas Richter, Ralitsa Valchanova, Marc Dewey
OBJECTIVES: To identify underlying causes for failure of medical thesis projects and the constantly high drop-out rate in Germany from the supervisors' perspective and to compare the results with the students' perspective. SETTING: Cross-sectional survey. Online questionnaire for survey of medical thesis supervisors among the staff of Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. Published, earlier longitudinal survey among students for comparison. PARTICIPANTS: 1069 thesis supervisors participated...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
Muruvvet Topaloglu, Erdem Tuzun, Huseyin Gulec, Elif Sinem Bireller, Bedia Cakmakoglu, Cem Ismail Kucukali
BACKGROUND: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disease characterized by recurrent and intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviours that negatively affect the quality-of-life of the patients. Recent studies have implicated the participation of neuronal nitric oxide in OCD pathogenesis as a neurotransmitter modulator. AIMS: To identify whether variations in neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) genes may render individuals susceptible to OCD development...
October 14, 2016: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
Oktay Üçer, Ali Can Albaz, Elif Atag, Aziz Karaoglu, Talha Muezzinoglu
PURPOSE: To investigate the proportion of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) use in patients with muscle invasive bladder cancer before radical cystectomy and the approach of urologists to this subject. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We invited 242 urologists during the 12th International Urooncology Congress in Turkey to answer a self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire included questions related to radical cystectomy, lymph node dissection and neoadjuvant chemotherapy that had been performed in patients with muscle invasive bladder cancer by the urologist...
October 10, 2016: Urology Journal
Elif Kilic, Ömer Faruk Özer, Aybala Erek Toprak, Hayriye Erman, Emel Torun, Sıddıka Kesgin Ayhan, Hifa Gülru Caglar, Sahbettin Selek, Abdurrahim Kocyigit
BACKGROUND Childhood obesity characterized by excessive fat in the body is one of the most serious health problems worldwide due to the social, medical, and physiological complications. Obesity and associated diseases are triggering factors for oxidative stress and inflammation. The aim of this study was to explore the possible association between childhood obesity and inflammatory and oxidative status. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-seven obese children and 37 healthy controls selected from among children admitted to BLIND University Paediatrics Department were included in the study...
October 13, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Kadri Murat Gurses, Fusun Ozmen, Duygu Kocyigit, Nilgun Yersal, Elif Bilgic, Erkan Kaya, Cagla Zubeyde Kopru, Tolga Soyal, Suat Doganci, Lale Tokgozoglu, Petek Korkusuz
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory activity originating from the epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) may have a role in coronary artery disease (CAD) pathogenesis. The relationship between macrophage infiltration, polarization in the EAT, and netrin-1 gene expression was investigated. METHODS: Macrophage infiltration and polarization were examined by immunohistochemical methods and expression levels of netrin-1, Unc5b, and cytokines related with M1-macrophage subtype (IL-12 and IL-18) were determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction in subcutaneous and epicardial adipose tissue obtained from patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting and non-coronary cardiac surgery...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Fatih Cakici, Elif Bahar Cakici, Kadir Tolga Ceyhanli, Ersan Celik, Funda Fundaoglu Kucukekenci, Arif Onur Gunseren
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the bond strength of AH plus, Acroseal, and Adseal to the root canal dentin. METHODS: A total of 36 single-rooted, mandibular premolar teeth were used. Root canal shaping procedures were performed with ProTaper rotary instruments (Dentsply Maillefer) up to size F4. The prepared samples were then randomly assembled into 3 groups (n = 12). For each group, an ultrasonic tip (size 15, 0.02 taper) which was also coated with an epoxy resin based sealer and placed 2 mm shorter than the working length...
September 30, 2016: BMC Oral Health
Fatih Yılmaz, Erkan Köklü, Filiz Kizilirmak Yilmaz, Elif Sarıönder Gencer, Ahmet Şükrü Alparslan, Özlem Yıldırımtürk
BACKGROUND: Platelets play a significant role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. In atherosclerotic plaques, the risk of plaque rupture is more crucial than the severity of stenosis they cause. Non-calcified carotid artery plaques are more unstable than calcified plaques, and they are associated with a higher risk of rupture, thromboembolism and consequently, stroke. AIM: Purpose of the present study is to compare calcified and non-calcified plaques that cause intermediate carotid artery stenosis with respect to mean platelet volume (MPV) and platelet distribution width (PDW)...
October 7, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Daniel Aaron Press, Rustamzhon Melikov, Deniz Conkar, Elif Nur Firat-Karalar, Sedat Nizamoglu
The usage time of displays (e.g., TVs, mobile phones, etc) is in general shorter than their functional life time, which worsens the electronic waste (e-waste) problem around the world. The integration of biomaterials into electronics can help to reduce the e-waste problem. In this study, we demonstrate fluorescent protein integrated white LEDs to use as a backlight source for liquid crystal (LC) displays for the first time. We express and purify enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) and monomeric Cherry protein (mCherry), and afterward we integrate these proteins as a wavelength-converter on a blue LED chip...
November 11, 2016: Nanotechnology
Rebecca J Brown, David Araujo-Vilar, Pik To Cheung, David Dunger, Abhimanyu Garg, Michelle Jack, Lucy Mungai, Elif A Oral, Nivedita Patni, Kristina Rother, Julia von Schnurbein, Ekaterina Sorkina, Takara Stanley, Corinne Vigouroux, Martin Wabitsch, Rachel Williams, Tohru Yorifuji
OBJECTIVE: Lipodystrophy syndromes are extremely rare disorders of deficient body fat associated with potentially serious metabolic complications, including diabetes, hypertriglyceridemia, and steatohepatitis. Due to their rarity, most clinicians are not familiar with their diagnosis and management. This practice guideline summarizes diagnosis and management of lipodystrophy syndromes not associated with HIV or injectable drugs. PARTICIPANTS: Seventeen participants were nominated by worldwide endocrine societies or selected by the committee as content experts...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Elif Azarsız, Neslihan Karaca, Erturk Levent, Necil Kutukculer, Eser Sozmen
BACKGROUND: Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a rare clinically symptomatic primary immunodeficiency disorder which manifests a wide variability of symptoms, complications. Atherosclerosis in CVID patients have not been investigated yet contrary to other severe clinical complications. We aimed to investigate the chitotriosidase enzyme's role as an inflammation and atherosclerosis marker in pediatric CVID patients. METHODS: CVID patients (n =24) and healthy controls (n = 23) evaluated for chitotriosidase activity with other inflammation markers (hsCRP, myeloperoxidase, serum amyloid A, ferritin), lipid profile and echocardiographic findings (carotid artery intima media thickness - cIMT, brachial artery flow-mediated vazodilatation - FMD%)...
October 4, 2016: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Helen Bornaun, Elif Yartaşı Tik, Gonca Keskindemirci, Ali Ekiz, Kazım Öztarhan, Reyhan Dedeoğlu, Merih Çetinkaya
Right atrial appendage aneurysm is a very rare condition which can be asymptomatic or can cause arrhythmia or life-threatening thromboembolism. We report a case of newborn with right atrial appendage aneurysm who was diagnosed with fetal echocardiography. Anticoagulant therapy was applied to prevent thromboembolism and he is still going on follow-up without any complaint.
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
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