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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511683/acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-admitted-to-a-cardiology-vs-non-cardiology-service-variations-in-treatment-outcome
#1
Deirdre E O'Neill, Danielle A Southern, Colleen M Norris, Blair J O'Neill, Helen J Curran, Michelle M Graham
BACKGROUND: Specialized cardiology services have contributed to reduced mortality in acute coronary syndromes (ACS).  We sought to evaluate the outcomes of ACS patients admitted to non-cardiology services in Southern Alberta. METHODS: Retrospective chart review performed on all troponin-positive patients in the Calgary Health Region identified those diagnosed with ACS by their attending team. Patients admitted to non-cardiology and cardiology services were compared, using linked data from the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) registry and the Strategic Clinical Network for Cardiovascular Health and Stroke...
May 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505967/nfatc2-modulates-microglial-activation-in-the-a%C3%AE-pp-ps1-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Gunjan D Manocha, Atreyi Ghatak, Kendra L Puig, Susan D Kraner, Christopher M Norris, Colin K Combs
Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains are characterized by fibrillar amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide containing plaques and associated reactive microglia. The proinflammatory phenotype of the microglia suggests that they may negatively affect disease course and contribute to behavioral decline. This hypothesis predicts that attenuating microglial activation may provide benefit against disease. Prior work from our laboratory and others has characterized a role for the transcription factor, nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT), in regulating microglial phenotype in response to different stimuli, including Aβ peptide...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495247/hospital-variation-in-treatment-and-outcomes-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-insights-from-the-alberta-contemporary-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-invasive-treatment-strategies-coapt-study
#3
Kevin R Bainey, Padma Kaul, Paul W Armstrong, Anamaria Savu, Cynthia M Westerhout, Colleen M Norris, Neil Brass, Dean Traboulsi, Blair O'Neill, Jayan Nagendran, Imtiaz Ali, Merril Knudtson, Robert C Welsh
BACKGROUND: We examined variation in hospital treatment and its relationship to clinical outcome in a large population-based cohort of ACS patients within a single payer-government funded health care system. METHODS: Patients hospitalized in 106 hospitals in Alberta, Canada with a primary diagnosis of ACS were included (July 1, 2010-March 31, 2013) with comparisons made across the three cardiac catheterization-capable hospitals (Sites A-C). Cox proportional-hazard regression models were used to examine the multivariable-adjusted association between site and 1-year death or repeat cardiovascular (CV) hospitalization (primary endpoint)...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493887/effect-of-lifestyle-interventions-on-cardiovascular-risk-factors-among-adults-without-impaired-glucose-tolerance-or-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xuanping Zhang, Heather M Devlin, Bryce Smith, Giuseppina Imperatore, William Thomas, Felipe Lobelo, Mohammed K Ali, Keri Norris, Stephanie Gruss, Barbara Bardenheier, Pyone Cho, Isabel Garcia de Quevedo, Uma Mudaliar, Christopher D Jones, Jeffrey M Durthaler, Jinan Saaddine, Linda S Geiss, Edward W Gregg
Structured lifestyle interventions can reduce diabetes incidence and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among persons with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), but it is unclear whether they should be implemented among persons without IGT. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analyses to assess the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions on CVD risk among adults without IGT or diabetes. We systematically searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library, and PsychInfo databases, from inception to May 4, 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489479/biologics-and-dermatology-life-quality-index-dlqi-in-the-australasian-psoriasis-population
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Diana Norris, Louise Photiou, Mark Tacey, Con Dolianitis, George Varigos, Peter Foley, Chris Baker
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Psoriasis is a chronic condition that may require long-term treatment for disease control. This analysis utilises data from the Australasian Psoriasis Registry with particular attention to the impact of biologic therapy on DLQI, and the differences between the biologics in terms of DLQI score change. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients enrolled in the Australasian Psoriasis Registry from April 2008 to August 2016 was conducted. All subjects from the registry that had DLQI and Psoriasis Assessment Severity Index (PASI) scores recorded at a baseline timepoint of treatment commencement, in addition to week 12 and 24 post commencement were included in the study...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481980/large-cluster-of-neisseria-meningitidis-urethritis-in-columbus-ohio-2015
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Jose A Bazan, Abigail Norris Turner, Robert D Kirkcaldy, Adam C Retchless, Cecilia B Kretz, Elizabeth Briere, Yih-Ling Tzeng, David S Stephens, Courtney Maierhofer, Carlos Del Rio, A Jeanine Abrams, David L Trees, Melissa Ervin, Denisse B Licon, Karen S Fields, Mysheika Williams Roberts, Amanda Dennison, Xin Wang
Background.: Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) is a Gram-negative diplococcus that normally colonizes the nasopharynx and rarely infects the urogenital tract. On Gram stain of urethral exudates, Nm can be misidentified as the more common sexually transmitted pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Methods.: In response to a large increase in cases of Nm urethritis identified among men presenting for screening at a sexually transmitted disease clinic in Columbus, Ohio, we investigated the epidemiologic characteristics of men with Nm urethritis and the molecular and phylogenetic characteristics of their Nm isolates...
May 8, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453531/structural-diversity-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-lipopolysaccharides-affects-innate-immune-signaling
#7
Michael H Norris, Herbert P Schweizer, Apichai Tuanyok
Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp) causes the disease melioidosis. The main cause of mortality in this disease is septic shock triggered by the host responding to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) components of the Gram-negative outer membrane. Bp LPS is thought to be a weak inducer of the host immune system. LPS from several strains of Bp were purified and their ability to induce the inflammatory mediators TNF-α and iNOS in murine macrophages at low concentrations was investigated. Innate and adaptive immunity qPCR arrays were used to profile expression patterns of 84 gene targets in response to the different LPS types...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438752/igg4-related-disease-presenting-as-posterior-scleritis-and-vitritis-progressing-to-multifocal-orbital-involvement
#8
Gavin L Reynolds, Jonathan H Norris, Sher Aslam, Srilakshmi Sharma
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a rare, chronic inflammatory condition that may involve nearly every organ system. Originally identified as a cause of autoimmune pancreatitis, its characteristic histological and clinical features have been found in a wide variety of inflammatory presentations, including the eye and orbit. Here we describe an example of a case of IgG4-RD initially presenting as scleritis and vitritis, with further progression to multifocal bilateral orbital involvement. Tissue biopsy of an orbital mass was highly characteristic of IgG4-RD histology and a rapid clinical response to corticosteroids was observed...
April 23, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430811/antimicrobial-resistance-in-coagulase-positive-staphylococci-isolated-from-companion-animals-in-australia-a-one-year-study
#9
Sugiyono Saputra, David Jordan, Kate A Worthing, Jacqueline M Norris, Hui S Wong, Rebecca Abraham, Darren J Trott, Sam Abraham
Methicillin-resistant coagulase-positive staphylococci (CoPS) have become increasingly recognised as opportunistic pathogens that limit therapeutic options in companion animals. The frequency of methicillin resistance amongst clinical isolates on an Australia-wide level is unknown. This study determined antimicrobial susceptibility patterns for CoPS isolated from clinical infections in companion animals (dogs, cats and horses) as part of the first nation-wide survey on antimicrobial resistance in animal pathogens in Australia for a one-year period (January 2013 to January 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421638/renal-replacement-therapy-and-incremental-hemodialysis-for-veterans-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
#10
Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Susan T Crowley, Srinivasan Beddhu, Joline L T Chen, John T Daugirdas, David S Goldfarb, Anna Jin, Csaba P Kovesdy, David J Leehey, Hamid Moradi, Sankar D Navaneethan, Keith C Norris, Yoshitsugu Obi, Ann O'Hare, Tariq Shafi, Elani Streja, Mark L Unruh, Tushar J Vachharajani, Steven Weisbord, Connie M Rhee
Each year approximately 13,000 Veterans transition to maintenance dialysis, mostly in the traditional form of thrice-weekly hemodialysis from the start. Among >6000 dialysis units nationwide, there are currently approximately 70 Veterans Affairs (VA) dialysis centers. Given this number of VA dialysis centers and their limited capacity, only 10% of all incident dialysis Veterans initiate treatment in a VA center. Evidence suggests that, among Veterans, the receipt of care within the VA system is associated with favorable outcomes, potentially because of the enhanced access to healthcare resources...
May 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414020/modifying-alcohol-consumption-to-reduce-obesity-macro-development-and-feasibility-trial-of-a-complex-community-based-intervention-for-men
#11
Iain K Crombie, Kathryn B Cunningham, Linda Irvine, Brian Williams, Falko F Sniehotta, John Norrie, Ambrose Melson, Claire Jones, Andrew Briggs, Peter M Rice, Marcus Achison, Andrew McKenzie, Elena Dimova, Peter W Slane
BACKGROUND: Obese men who consume alcohol are at a greatly increased risk of liver disease; those who drink > 14 units of alcohol per week have a 19-fold increased risk of dying from liver disease. OBJECTIVES: To develop an intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in obese men and to assess the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to investigate its effectiveness. DESIGN OF THE INTERVENTION: The intervention was developed using formative research, public involvement and behaviour change theory...
April 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411242/differences-in-short-and-long-term-mortality-associated-with-bmi-following-coronary-revascularization
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Tasuku Terada, Mary Forhan, Colleen M Norris, Weiyu Qiu, Raj Padwal, Arya M Sharma, Jayan Nagendran, Jeffrey A Johnson
BACKGROUND: The association between obesity and mortality risks following coronary revascularization is not clear. We examined the associations of BMI (kg/m(2)) with short-, intermediate-, and long-term mortality following coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with different coronary anatomy risks and diabetes mellitus status. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data from the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcomes Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease (APPROACH) registry were analyzed...
April 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394646/prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-case-of-norrie-disease-with-late-development-of-bilateral-ocular-malformation
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Li Hong Wu, Li-Hong Chen, Hongning Xie, Ying-Jun Xie
We report a case of Norrie disease, diagnosed by prenatal ultrasound, confirmed by Sanger sequencing of the DNP gene from the aborted fetal cord blood and histologically. Prenatal ultrasound revealed no abnormality in either eye at 22(+1) and 31(+4) gestational weeks, but at 36(+5) gestational weeks both eyes had massive vitreous cavity opacities with complete retinal detachment. Norrie disease was initially suspected because of an older male sibling with the disease. To our knowledge, prenatal ultrasound diagnosis of Norrie disease has been previously described only one case in 1993 in a 34-week-old fetus...
April 10, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391619/ciclosporin-compared-to-prednisolone-therapy-for-patients-with-pyoderma-gangrenosum-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-the-stop-gap-trial
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J M Mason, K S Thomas, A D Ormerod, F E Craig, E Mitchell, J Norrie, H C Williams
BACKGROUND: Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a painful, ulcerating skin disease with poor evidence for management. Prednisolone and ciclosporin are the most commonly used treatments, although not previously compared within a randomised controlled trial (RCT) OBJECTIVES: To compare the cost-effectiveness of ciclosporin and prednisolone-initiated treatment for patients with PG. METHODS: Quality-of-life (EuroQoL EQ-5D-3L) and resource data were collected as part of the STOP-GAP trial: a multicentre, parallel-group, observer-blind RCT...
April 9, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383715/dietary-sphingolipids-potential-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#15
Gregory H Norris, Christopher N Blesso
The development of therapeutic approaches aimed at reducing inflammation, improving lipid metabolism, and preventing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease holds significant potential in the management of obesity-associated disease. In this review, the recent basic science and clinical research examining dietary sphingolipid intake and the prevention of dyslipidemia and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is summarized. Dietary sphingolipids have been shown to dose-dependently reduce the acute intestinal absorption of cholesterol, triglycerides, and fatty acids in rodents...
April 5, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380265/how-do-i-participate-in-t-cell-immunotherapy
#16
REVIEW
Megan M Suhoski Davis, David H McKenna, Philip J Norris
T cells play a key role in the adaptive immune response, and the ability to manipulate T cells for therapeutic uses has advanced in the past decade. Infusion of expanded or engineered T cells can potentially be used to treat cancer, viral infections, graft-versus-host disease, and organ transplant rejection. The role that blood banks play in the manufacture and distribution of T-cell therapeutics is still being defined. Given the regulatory framework of blood banks, they are well positioned to collect raw material for manufacture of T-cell therapies and to distribute finished product to hospitals in support of clinical trials or eventually for licensed products...
May 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380011/increased-inflammation-is-associated-with-islet-autoimmunity-and-type-1-diabetes-in-the-diabetes-autoimmunity-study-in-the-young-daisy
#17
Kathleen Waugh, Janet Snell-Bergeon, Aaron Michels, Fran Dong, Andrea K Steck, Brigitte I Frohnert, Jill M Norris, Marian Rewers
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes (TID) is characterized by a loss of pancreatic islet beta cell function resulting in loss of insulin production. Genetic and environmental factors may trigger immune responses targeting beta cells thus generating islet antibodies (IA). Immune response pathways involve a cascade of events, initiated by cytokines and chemokines, producing inflammation which can result in tissue damage. METHODS: A nested case-control study was performed to identify temporal changes in cytokine levels in 75 DAISY subjects: 25 diagnosed T1D, 25 persistent IA, and 25 controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373547/emergence-of-a-new-neisseria-meningitidis-clonal-complex-11-lineage-11-2-clade-as-an-effective-urogenital-pathogen
#18
Yih-Ling Tzeng, Jose A Bazan, Abigail Norris Turner, Xin Wang, Adam C Retchless, Timothy D Read, Evelyn Toh, David E Nelson, Carlos Del Rio, David S Stephens
Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) clonal complex 11 (cc11) lineage is a hypervirulent pathogen responsible for outbreaks of invasive meningococcal disease, including among men who have sex with men, and is increasingly associated with urogenital infections. Recently, clusters of Nm urethritis have emerged primarily among heterosexual males in the United States. We determined that nonencapsulated meningococcal isolates from an ongoing Nm urethritis outbreak among epidemiologically unrelated men in Columbus, Ohio, are linked to increased Nm urethritis cases in multiple US cities, including Atlanta and Indianapolis, and that they form a unique clade (the US Nm urethritis clade, US_NmUC)...
April 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342570/body-mass-index-is-associated-with-differential-rates-of-coronary-revascularization-after-cardiac-catheterization
#19
Tasuku Terada, Jeffrey A Johnson, Colleen Norris, Raj Padwal, Weiyu Qiu, Arya M Sharma, Jayan Nagendran, Mary Forhan
BACKGROUND: The association of obesity with coronary revascularization procedures is not clear. We examined rates of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) associated with obesity while accounting for the severity of coronary disease and diabetes status. METHODS: Patients who underwent cardiac catheterization were stratified according to coronary anatomy risks and diabetes status. Within each stratum, using normal body mass index (BMI) (18...
December 29, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324943/overcoming-spatio-temporal-limitations-using-dynamically-scaled-in-vitro-pc-mri-a-flow-field-comparison-to-true-scale-computer-simulations-of-idealized-stented-and-patient-specific-left-main-bifurcations
#20
Susann Beier, John Ormiston, Mark Webster, John Cater, Stuart Norris, Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young, Kathleen Gilbert, Brett Cowan
The majority of patients with angina or heart failure have coronary artery disease. Left main bifurcations are particularly susceptible to pathological narrowing. Flow is a major factor of atheroma development, but limitations in imaging technology such as spatio-temporal resolution, signal-to-noise ratio (SNRv), and imaging artefacts prevent in vivo investigations. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling is a common numerical approach to study flow, but it requires a cautious and rigorous application for meaningful results...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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