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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732431/the-efficacy-of-oral-immunotherapy-in-patients-with-cow-s-milk-allergy
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Mohsen Ebrahimi, Mohammad Gharagozlou, Ali Mohebbi, Nasim Hafezi, Gholamreza Azizi, Masoud Movahedi
Cow's milk allergy is the most common type of food allergy that decrease the quality of life of patients and their families. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of oral immunotherapy in patients with cow's milk allergy. 14 patients above 3 years of age with a history of cow's milk allergy confirmed by positive double blind placebo controlled food challenge (DBPCFC) test, presence of serum IgE against cow's milk and positive SPT (skin prick test) were enrolled in this study. During the immunotherapy all patients received increasing amounts of cow's milk during three phases...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732386/a-phase-i-trial-of-nk-92-cells-for-refractory-hematological-malignancies-relapsing-after-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-shows-safety-and-evidence-of-efficacy
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Brent A Williams, Arjun Datt Law, Bertrand Routy, Neal denHollander, Vikas Gupta, Xing-Hua Wang, Amélie Chaboureau, Sowmya Viswanathan, Armand Keating
BACKGROUND: Autologous NK cell therapy can treat a variety of malignancies, but is limited by patient-specific variations in potency and cell number expansion. In contrast, allogeneic NK cell lines can overcome many of these limitations. Cells from the permanent NK-92 line are constitutively activated, lack inhibitory receptors and appear to be safe based on two prior phase I trials. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a single-center, non-randomized, non-blinded, open-label, Phase I dose-escalation trial of irradiated NK-92 cells in adults with refractory hematological malignancies who relapsed after autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT)...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732314/the-effect-of-low-dose-furosemide-in-critically-ill-patients-with-early-acute-kidney-injury-a-pilot-randomized-blinded-controlled-trial-the-spark-study
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Sean M Bagshaw, R T Noel Gibney, Peter Kruger, Imran Hassan, Finlay A McAlister, Rinaldo Bellomo
PURPOSE: Furosemide is commonly prescribed in acute kidney injury (AKI). Prior studies have found conflicting findings on whether furosemide modifies the course and outcome of AKI. METHODS: Pilot multi-center randomized blinded placebo-controlled trial in adult patients with AKI admitted to three intensive care units. Participants were randomly allocated to furosemide bolus and infusion or 0.9% saline placebo. Primary endpoint was worsening AKI, defined by the RIFLE criteria...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732280/evaluation-of-a-novel-median-power-spectrogram-for-seizure-detection-by-non-neurophysiologists
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Peter Yan, Tamar Melman, Sherry Yan, Munkhzul Otgonsuren, Zachary Grinspan
PURPOSE: (1) To evaluate how well resident physicians use a novel EEG spectral analysis tool (the median power spectrogram; MPS) to detect seizures. (2) To assess the capability of the MPS to identify different seizure types. METHODS: 120 EEG records from children with intractable seizures were converted to MPS by taking the median power across leads and using multi-taper spectral estimation. Twelve blinded neurology residents were trained to interpret the spectrogram with a five-minute video tutorial and post-test...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732141/intraoperative-ultrasound-for-prediction-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-biological-behavior-prospective-comparison-with-pathology
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Roberto Santambrogio, Claudia Cigala, Matteo Barabino, Marco Maggioni, Giovanna Scifo, Savino Bruno, Emanuela Bertolini, Enrico Opocher, Gaetano Bulfamante
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Preoperative prediction of both microinvasive hepatocellular carcinoma and histological grade of hepatocellular carcinoma is pivotal to treatment planning and prognostication. Aim of the study was to evaluate whether some intraoperative ultrasound features correlate with both the presence of same histological patterns and differentiation grade of hepatocellular carcinoma on the histologic features of the primary resected tumor. METHODS: All patients with single, small hepatocellular carcinoma that underwent hepatic resection were included in this prospective double-blind study: the intraoperative ultrasound patterns of nodule were registered and compared with similar histological features...
July 21, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732137/prevalence-of-sacroiliitis-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-using-a-standardized-ct-scoring-system
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Jonathan Chan, Ismail Sari, David Salonen, Mark S Silverberg, Nigil Haroon, Robert D Inman
OBJECTIVES: There is an increasing emphasis on early identification and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) of which the hallmark is sacroiliitis. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk of AS and often receive CT scans of their abdomen affording clinicians the opportunity to determine the presence of sacroiliitis. Previous studies using CT have relied only on radiologist's gestalt or a non-validated adaptation of the mNY criteria. Our aim is to assess the prevalence of sacroiliitis in IBD using a validated screening tool and to determine how frequently these patients are referred for rheumatologic evaluation...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732099/expression-of-concern-schietroma-m-cecilia-em-carlei-f-sista-f-de-santis-g-lancione-l-amicucci-g-dexamethasone-for-the-prevention-of-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-palsy-and-other-complications-after-thyroid-surgery-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
#7
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731951/does-sugammadex-administration-affect-postoperative-nausea-and-vomiting-after-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-a-prospective-double-blind-randomized-study
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Ayca Tas Tuna, Onur Palabiyik, Mustafa Orhan, Tugba Sonbahar, Havva Sayhan, Yakup Tomak
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to assess the effect of sugammadex on postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. METHODS: Eighty patients who were scheduled for elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery were enrolled in this prospective study. Patients were randomly assigned to neostigmine (group N) or sugammadex (group S) for neuromuscular antagonism at the end of anesthesia. The incidence of PONV and antiemetic consumption were recorded...
July 20, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731838/neuroprotection-in-glaucoma-animal-models-and-clinical-trials
#9
Mohammadali Almasieh, Leonard A Levin
Glaucoma is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that frequently results in irreversible blindness. Glaucoma causes death of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and their axons in the optic nerve, resulting in visual field deficits and eventual loss of visual acuity. Glaucoma is a complex optic neuropathy, and a successful strategy for its treatment requires not only better management of known risk factors such as elevated intraocular pressure and the development of improved tools for detecting RGC injury but also treatments that address this injury (i...
July 21, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731695/how-rhodopsin-tunes-the-equilibrium-between-protonated-and-deprotonated-forms-of-the-retinal-chromophore
#10
Siri Camee van Keulen, Alicia Solano, Ursula Rothlisberger
Rhodopsin is a photoactive G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that converts dim light into a signal for the brain, leading to eyesight. Full activation of this GPCR is achieved after passing through several steps of the protein's photoactivation pathway. Key events of rhodopsin activation are the initial cis-trans photoisomerisation of the covalently bound retinal moiety followed by conformational rearrangements and deprotonation of the chromophore's protonated Schiff base (PSB), which ultimately lead to full activation in the meta II state...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731602/accuracy-and-precision-of-estimation-equations-to-predict-net-endogenous-acid-excretion-using-the-australian-food-database
#11
Benjamin H Parmenter, Gary J Slater, Lynda A Frassetto
AIM: The gold standard of measurement for net endogenous acid production (NEAP) is net acid excretion (NAE), a test that is not readily available, and consequently, estimative equations by Remer and Manz and Frassetto et al. are often used. These equations rely on nutrient databases and it is recommended that their validity be assessed using a country's database before their application in research in that country. We sought to delineate the accuracy and precision of these estimation equations using the Australian food database...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731600/spot-testing-urine-ph-a-novel-dietary-biomarker-a-randomised-cross-over-trial
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Benjamin H Parmenter, Gary J Slater, Lynda A Frassetto
AIM: Spot-tests of urine pH are claimed to be an accessible biomarker of net acid excretion (NAE), and as such, they may be able to determine changes in an individual's intake of acid- or base-forming foods. To test this hypothesis, we aimed to determine if spot-tests of urine pH could index NAE and relay the consumption of a fruit and vegetable (F&V) concentrate whilst determining this concentrate's capacity to modulate NAE. METHODS: In a double blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial, healthy adults (n = 13) were allocated by simple randomisation to receive a F&V concentrate or placebo for three days each, with diet standardised throughout...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731534/internal-quality-control-in-an-academic-cytopathology-laboratory-for-the-introduction-of-a-new-reporting-system-for-endometrial-cytology
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Niki Margari, Abraham Pouliakis, Dionysios Aninos, Christos Meristoudis, Magdalini Stamataki, Ioannis Panayiotides, Petros Karakitsos
BACKGROUND: To evaluate reproducibility of a reporting system for endometrial cytology. METHODS: Cytologic slides from 49 patients, prepared via liquid based cytology, were blindly examined by five cytopathologists of various experience levels, applying a recently introduced reporting system as previously reported. The agreement among cytopathologists was evaluated via Kappa (κ) statistics and the Kendall's Coefficient of Variation (W); cytologic results were compared with the relevant histologic report...
July 21, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731443/accuracy-of-clinical-diagnosis-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-versus-neuropathology
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Ragnhild E Skogseth, Tibor Hortobágyi, Hogne Soennesyn, Luiza Chwiszczuk, Dominic Ffytche, Arvid Rongve, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland
BACKGROUND: The first consensus criteria for dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) published in 1996 were revised in 2005, partly because the original clinical criteria had suboptimal sensitivity. Few studies have assessed the accuracy of the 2005 criteria applied prospectively in newly diagnosed patients who have been followed longitudinally. OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlation between clinical and pathological diagnoses in patients with DLB and Parkinson's disease with dementia (PDD)...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731403/safe-and-sustainable-the-extracranial-approach-toward-frontoethmoidal-meningoencephalocele-repair
#15
Paul I Heidekrueger, Myat Thu, Wolfgang Mühlbauer, Charlotte Holm-Mühlbauer, Philippe Schucht, Hans Anderl, Heinrich Schoeneich, Kyawzwa Aung, Mg Mg Ag, Ag Thu Soe Myint, Sabrina Juran, Thiha Aung, Denis Ehrl, Milomir Ninkovic, P Niclas Broer
OBJECTIVE Although rare, frontoethmoidal meningoencephaloceles continue to pose a challenge to neurosurgeons and plastic reconstructive surgeons. Especially when faced with limited infrastructure and resources, establishing reliable and safe surgical techniques is of paramount importance. The authors present a case series in order to evaluate a previously proposed concise approach for meningoencephalocele repair, with a focus on sustainability of internationally driven surgical efforts. METHODS Between 2001 and 2016, a total of 246 patients with frontoethmoidal meningoencephaloceles were treated using a 1-stage extracranial approach by a single surgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery of the Yangon General Hospital in Yangon, Myanmar, initially assisted by European surgeons...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731395/nasoseptal-flap-necrosis-a-rare-complication-of-endoscopic-endonasal-surgery
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Joseph D Chabot, Chirag R Patel, Marion A Hughes, Eric W Wang, Carl H Snyderman, Paul A Gardner, Juan C Fernandez-Miranda
OBJECTIVE The vascularized nasoseptal flap (NSF) has become the workhorse for skull base reconstruction during endoscopic endonasal surgery (EES) of the ventral skull base. Although infrequently reported, as with any vascularized flap the NSF may undergo ischemic necrosis and become a nidus for infection. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's experience with NSF was reviewed to determine the incidence of necrotic NSF in patients following EES and describe the clinical presentation, imaging characteristics, and risk factors associated with this complication...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731267/heuristic-knowledge-based-planning-for-single-isocenter-stereotactic-radiosurgery-to-multiple-brain-metastases
#17
Benjamin P Ziemer, Parag Sanghvi, Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, Kevin L Moore
PURPOSE: Single-isocenter, volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for multiple brain metastases (multi-mets) can deliver highly conformal dose distributions and reduce overall patient treatment time compared to other techniques. However, treatment planning for multi-met cases is highly complex due to variability in numbers and sizes of brain metastases, as well as their relative proximity to organs-at-risk (OARs). The purpose of this study was to automate the VMAT planning of multi-met cases through a knowledge-based planning (KBP) approach that adapts single target SRS dose predictions to multiple target predictions...
July 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731266/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study-of-the-effects-of-levetiracetam-on-cognition-mood-and-balance-in-healthy-older-adults
#18
Mike R Schoenberg, Ruba S Rum, Katie E Osborn, Mary Ann Werz
OBJECTIVE: The cognitive and mood effects of levetiracetam (LEV) in older adults are not known. This study compared the cognitive and mood effects of LEV to placebo in healthy older adults. METHODS: Cognitive, mood, and balance variables were compared between LEV and placebo using a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study with two 5-week treatment periods. Healthy volunteers (n = 20) aged 65-80 (mean age 72.4) received either LEV or placebo in which the LEV target dose was 1,000 mg/day...
July 21, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731207/polyclonal-and-monoclonal-antibodies-for-treating-acute-rejection-episodes-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Angela C Webster, Sunny Wu, Krishna Tallapragada, Min Young Park, Jeremy R Chapman, Sue J Carr
BACKGROUND: Registry data shows that the incidence of acute rejection has been steadily falling. Approximately 10% to 35% of kidney recipients will undergo treatment for at least one episode of acute rejection within the first post-transplant year. Treatment options include pulsed steroid therapy, the use of an antibody preparation, the alteration of background immunosuppression, or combinations of these options. Over recent years, new treatment strategies have evolved, and in many parts of the world there has been an increase in use of tacrolimus and mycophenolate and a reduction in the use of cyclosporin and azathioprine use as baseline immunosuppression to prevent acute rejection...
July 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731162/a-homozygous-myo7a-mutation-associated-to-usher-syndrome-and-unilateral-auditory-neuropathy-spectrum-disorder
#20
Hong Xia, Pengzhi Hu, Lamei Yuan, Wei Xiong, Hongbo Xu, Junhui Yi, Zhijian Yang, Xiong Deng, Yi Guo, Hao Deng
Usher syndrome (USH) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by sensorineural hearing loss, progressive visual loss and night blindness due to retinitis pigmentosa (RP), with or without vestibular dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to detect the causative gene in a consanguineous Chinese family with USH. A c.3696_3706del (p.R1232Sfs*72) variant in the myosin VIIa gene (MYO7A) was identified in the homozygous state by exome sequencing. The co‑segregation of the MYO7A c.3696_3706del variant with the phenotype of deafness and progressive visual loss in the USH family was confirmed by Sanger sequencing...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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