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Taisuke Kato, Naoya Tajima, Katsumasa Kitamura, Yoshihiro Takasato, Iwao Tajima, Manabu Ono, Kazunori Tagami, Kazunori Sakai, Tomoko Furuta, Shiro Sugiura, Komei Ito
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The principal aim of this study was to clarify the clinical profile of pediatric patients with fruit allergies. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We assigned 265 pediatric patients with fruit allergies who were receiving outpatient treatment at Aichi Children's Health and Medical Center and 32 who underwent kiwi or banana oral food chal- lenge (OFC) test to an oral symptom group or a systemic symptom group and retrospectively examined their clinical profiles and prognosis from their medical records...
2018: Arerugī, [Allergy]
Joyous T Joseph, Najya Jabeen Poolakkalody, Jasmine M Shah
Many reference genes are used by different laboratories for gene expression analyses to indicate the relative amount of input RNA/DNA in the experiment. These reference genes are supposed to show least variation among the treatments and with the control sets in a given experiment. However, expression of reference genes varies significantly from one set of experiment to the other. Thus, selection of reference genes depends on the experimental conditions. Sometimes the average expression of two or three reference genes is taken as standard...
March 2018: Journal of Biosciences
Mackenzie L Kwak, Allen C G Heath
Ixodes anatis Chilton is of veterinary and conservation importance in New Zealand due to its association with the threatened kiwi (Aves: Apterygidae: Apteryx spp.). Since the tick's description in 1904, there has been debate regarding its correct taxonomic position and nomenclature. Herein all life stages of this species are redescribed and accompanied by electron micrographs and drawings. The systematics, host preferences, distribution, disease relationships and conservation biology of the species are also discussed...
February 6, 2018: Experimental & Applied Acarology
D Venkataraman, M Erlewyn-Lajeunesse, R J Kurukulaaratchy, S Potter, G Roberts, S Matthews, S H Arshad
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and time trends of food allergy change during childhood depending on the age of the child and the type of food. OBJECTIVE: To study prevalence and longitudinal trends in food allergy from birth to 18 years in an unselected birth cohort in the Isle of Wight. METHOD: Information on food allergy was collected at ages 1, 2, 4, 10 and 18 years from the Isle of Wight Birth Cohort (n = 1456). Skin prick testing (SPT) was performed at the age of 1 and 2 years in symptomatic children...
January 8, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Vânia Jesus, Diana Martins, Tatiana Branco, Nádia Valério, Maria G P M S Neves, Maria A F Faustino, Luís Reis, Esther Barreal, Pedro P Gallego, Adelaide Almeida
In the last decade, the worldwide production of kiwi fruit has been highly affected by Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa), a phytopathogenic bacterium; this has led to severe economic losses that are seriously affecting the kiwi fruit trade. The available treatments for this disease are still scarce, with the most common involving frequently spraying the orchards with copper derivatives, in particular cuprous oxide (Cu2 O). However, these copper formulations should be avoided due to their high toxicity; therefore, it is essential to search for new approaches for controlling Psa...
February 14, 2018: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Sara Graziano, Mariolina Gullì, Nelson Marmiroli
BACKGROUND: Food traceability becomes lifesaving for persons suffering severe allergy or intolerance, and therefore need a complete avoidance of the immune-trigger food. This paper describes how to fingerprint the presence of some allergenic species (kiwi, peach, and apple) in foods by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). RESULTS: Five DNA extraction procedures were tested on fruits and foods. The results were statistically evaluated, and discussed. Analysis by qPCR with SYBR Green was developed to detect traces of these allergenic species in foods...
December 6, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Mark A Blankestijn, André C Knulst, Edward F Knol, Thuy-My Le, Heike Rockmann, Henny G Otten, Rob J B Klemans
Background: The extent of co-sensitization within and between food protein families in an adult population is largely unknown. This study aimed to identify the most frequently recognized components in the PR-10 and storage protein family, as well as patterns in (co-)sensitization, in a birch-endemic area. Methods: Results of ImmunoCAP ISAC, performed during routine care in Dutch adult outpatients suspected of food allergy, were collected. Results: A total of 305 patients were selected, aged 16-79 years (median 32 years)...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
Mahin Kiwi
This article discusses Iranian family members' attitudes towards the culturally profiled nursing home, their relationships with the staff, the obstacles, their hopes and their fears. This study is based on qualitative research using 29 semi-structured interviews with family members who had previously been informal caregivers, as well as using fieldwork, all in the same nursing home. The interviews were analysed by the three steps of content analysis. The results show the identification of three main categories with nine main subcategories...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
Mahin Kiwi, Lars-Christer Hydén, Eleonor Antelius
Previous research has shown how filial piety is strong among people of Iranian background and that traditional Iranian culture result in most families' preferring to care for their elderly (and sick) family members at home. While acknowledging this, this article highlights what living in diaspora could mean in terms of cultural adaption and changing family values. By interviewing people with Iranian background living in Sweden (n = 20), whom all have been former primary caregivers to a relative living with dementia, we are able to show how the decision to cease caregiving at home is taken, and what underlying factors form the basis for such decision...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology
Jenny van Odijk, Sigrid Sjölander, Peter Brostedt, Magnus P Borres, Hillevi Englund
Background: IgE sensitization to storage proteins from nuts and seed is often related to severe allergic symptoms. There is a risk of immunological IgE cross-reactivity between storage proteins from different species. The potential clinical implication of such cross-reactivity is that allergens other than the known sensitizer can cause allergic symptoms. Previous studies have suggested that kiwi seed storage proteins may constitute hidden food allergens causing cross-reactive IgE-binding with peanut and other tree nut homologs, thereby mediating a potential risk of causing allergy symptoms among peanut ant tree nut allergic individuals...
2017: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
Jia-Yang Juang, Pin-Yi Chen, Da-Chang Yang, Shang-Ping Wu, An Yen, Hsin-I Hsieh
The avian egg exhibits extraordinary diversity in size, shape and color, and has a key role in avian adaptive radiations. Despite extensive work, our understanding of the underlying principles that guide the "design" of the egg as a load-bearing structure remains incomplete, especially over broad taxonomic scales. Here we define a dimensionless number C, a function of egg weight, stiffness and dimensions, to quantify how stiff an egg is with respect to its weight after removing geometry-induced rigidity. We analyze eggs of 463 bird species in 36 orders across five orders of magnitude in body mass, and find that C number is nearly invariant for most species, including tiny hummingbirds and giant elephant birds...
October 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yuan Wang, Kewei Feng, Bin Liu, Zhiwei Zhang, Jianping Wei, Yahong Yuan, Tianli Yue
BACKGROUND: Fungal development in agricultural products may cause mycotoxin contamination, which is a significant threat to food safety. Patulin (PAT) and PAT-producer contamination has been established as a worldwide problem. The present study aimed to investigate the mycoflora and PAT-producers present in kiwifruits and environmental samples collected from orchards and processing plants in Shaanxi Province, China. RESULTS: Variations in mycoflora were observed in different samples, with penicillia and aspergilli as the predominant genera...
October 14, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Daniel J Plews, Paul B Laursen
The purpose of this study was to compare the training intensity distribution (TID) of the undefeated world champion male rowing New Zealand (kiwi) pair over a four-year Olympic cycle, across training phases, training years, and between individuals. Training data, including heart rate and boat speed, were recorded in the athletes rowing in the same boat between March 2013 and August 2016, ending with the Rio Olympics final. Progressive exercise tests assessed first (LT1) and second (LT2) lactate thresholds and associated heart rates, to determine the percentage of training performed below, between and above these demarcation points...
September 27, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Christopher A Emerling
Carotenoids have important roles in bird behavior, including pigmentation for sexual signaling and improving color vision via retinal oil droplets. Yellow carotenoids are diet-derived, but red carotenoids (ketocarotenoids) are typically synthesized from yellow precursors via a carotenoid ketolase. Recent research on passerines has provided evidence that a cytochrome p450 enzyme, CYP2J19, is responsible for this reaction, though it is unclear if this function is phylogenetically restricted. Here I provide evidence that CYP2J19 is the carotenoid ketolase common to Aves using the genomes of 65 birds and the retinal transcriptomes of 15 avian taxa...
September 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
S M O'Brien, C Winter, C A Burden, M Boulvain, T J Draycott, J F Crofts
OBJECTIVE: To determine the pressure and traction forces exerted on a model fetal head by the BD Odon Device, forceps and Kiwi ventouse during simulated births. DESIGN: Simulation study. SETTING: Simulated operative vaginal birth. POPULATION OR SAMPLE: Eighty-four simulated operative vaginal births. METHODS: A bespoke fetal mannequin with pressure sensors around the head and strain gauge across the neck was used to investigate pressure applied over the head, and traction across the neck during 84 simulated births using the BD Odon Device, non-rotational forceps and Kiwi ventouse...
September 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
S M O'Brien, C Winter, C A Burden, M Boulvain, T J Draycott, J F Crofts
OBJECTIVE: To investigate (1) the placement of the BD Odon Device on the model fetal head and (2) perineal distention during simulated operative vaginal births conducted with the BD Odon Device. DESIGN: Observational simulation study. SETTING: North Bristol NHS Trust, UK. POPULATION OR SAMPLE: Four hundred and forty simulated operative vaginal births. METHODS: Three bespoke fetal mannequins were developed to represent (1) bi-parietal diameter of the 50th centile at term, (2) bi-parietal diameter at the 5th centile at term, and (3) 50th centile head with 2 cm of caput...
September 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
J Čelakovská, J Bukač, K Ettler, J Vaneckova, I Krcmova, K Ettlerova
The aim of this study is the evaluation, if there is some relation between the sensitisation to fungi and the occurrence of food hypersensitivity reactions in atopic dermatitis patients aged 14 years and older. The complete dermatological and allergological examinations were perfomed in all included patients; the occurrence of food hypersensitivity reactions was recorded and the sensitisation to mixture of fungi was examined (skin prick test, specific IgE). The statistical evaluation of the relation between the sensitisation to fungi and the occurrence of food hypersensitivity reactions was performed; 331 patients were included in the study, 110 men and 221 women, the average age 26...
September 22, 2017: Mycoses
Seςil Kepil Özdemir, Selcan Özgüςlü
BACKGROUND: There is limited data regarding pollen food allergy syndrome (PFAS) in Turkey. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the clinical characteristics and possible risk factors of PFAS in Turkey, and to evaluate if there was an association between skin test reactivity to pollens and presence of PFAS. METHODS: A total of 254 consecutive adult patients with pollen sensitivity were prospectively recruited. Patients were interviewed with a questionnaire including a list of pollen-associated foods...
September 17, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
Bret A Moore, Joanne R Paul-Murphy, Alan J D Tennyson, Christopher J Murphy
The first report of multiple, blind, wild birds in good health suggests vision is not necessary for the survival of kiwi.
September 15, 2017: BMC Biology
Tal Weissbach, Nasreen Hag-Yahia, Michal Ovadia, Keren Tzadikevitch Geffen, Omer Weitzner, Tal Biron-Shental
INTRODUCTION: To improve choice of vacuum-assisted delivery (VAD) system, we compared outcomes of Kiwi handheld system and Mityvac M-style conventional system (both use disposable plastic cups). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study with data collection from electronic medical records. The study was conducted at a tertiary medical center, with approximately 7000 deliveries annually. Categorical and continuous variables were analyzed using chi-square test and t-test, respectively...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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