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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098529/multidrug-resistant-candida-haemulonii-and-c-auris-tel-aviv-israel
#1
Ronen Ben-Ami, Judith Berman, Ana Novikov, Edna Bash, Yael Shachor-Meyouhas, Shiri Zakin, Yasmin Maor, Jalal Tarabia, Vered Schechner, Amos Adler, Talya Finn
Candida auris and C. haemulonii are closely related, multidrug-resistant emerging fungal pathogens that are not readily distinguishable with phenotypic assays. We studied C. auris and C. haemulonii clinical isolates from 2 hospitals in central Israel. C. auris was isolated in 5 patients with nosocomial bloodstream infection, and C. haemulonii was found as a colonizer of leg wounds at a peripheral vascular disease clinic. Liberal use of topical miconazole and close contact among patients were implicated in C...
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097207/upper-arm-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#2
Lasya Gaur, Alexander Hanna, W Patricia Bandettini, Kenneth H Fischbeck, Andrew E Arai, Ami Mankodi
We analyzed quantitative maps of T1 and T2 relaxation times and muscle fat fraction measurements in magnetic resonance imaging of the upper arm skeletal muscles and heart in ambulatory boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and age-range-matched healthy volunteer boys. The cardiac-optimized sequences detected fatty infiltration and edema in the upper arm skeletal muscles but not the myocardium in these Duchenne muscular dystrophy boys who had normal ejection fraction. Imaging the heart and skeletal muscle using the same magnetic resonance imaging methods during a single scan may be useful in assessing relative disease status and therapeutic response in clinical trials of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
December 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096975/a-prospective-survey-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-colonization-and-infection-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#3
Regev Cohen, Frida Babushkin, Shoshana Cohen, Marina Afraimov, Maurice Shapiro, Martina Uda, Efrat Khabra, Amos Adler, Ronen Ben Ami, Svetlana Paikin
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) surveillance may improve empiric antimicrobial therapy, since colonizing strains frequently cause infections. This colonization may be 'endogenous' or 'exogenous', and the source determines infection control measures. We prospectively investigated the sources of PA, the clinical impact of PA colonization upon admission and the dynamics of colonization at different body sites throughout the intensive care unit stay. METHODS: Intensive care patients were screened on admission and weekly from the pharynx, endotracheal aspirate, rectum and urine...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096033/transformations
#4
Ami Schattner
A patient with a serious illness continually refuses, postpones or avoids treatment until a conversation reveals essential contextual factors which change the physician's point of view. Once attended to, the patient also changes her attitude.
January 11, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093987/the-prognostic-value-of-heart-type-fatty-acid-binding-protein-in-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-systematic-review
#5
Julia D Jones, Pei Gee Chew, Rebecca Dobson, Andrew Wootton, Reza Ashrafi, Aleem Khand
BACKGROUND: Heart type fatty acid protein(HFABP) is a cytosolic protein released early after acute coronary syndrome(ACS) even in the absence of myocardial necrosis. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this systematic review was to determine whether HFABP levels in patients with suspected, or confirmed ACS, improves risk stratification when added to established means of risk assessment. METHODS: We searched Medline, Pubmed and Embase databases from inception to July 2015 to identify prospective studies with suspected or confirmed ACS, who had HFABP measured during the index admission with at least 1 month follow up data...
January 16, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093826/highly-sensitive-detection-of-e2-activity-in-ubiquitination-using-an-artificial-ring-finger
#6
Kazuhide Miyamoto, Miho Sumida, Mayumi Yuasa-Sunagawa, Kazuki Saito
The ubiquitin-conjugating (E2) enzymes of protein ubiquitination are associated with various diseases such as leukemia, lung cancer, and breast cancer. Rapid and accurate detection of E2 enzymatic activities remains poor. Here, we described the detection of E2 activity on a signal accumulation ISFET biosensor (AMIS sensor) using an artificial RING finger (ARF). The use of ARF enables the simplified detection of E2 activity without a substrate. The high-sensitivity quantitative detection of E2 activities was demonstrated via real-time monitoring over a response range of femtomolar to micromolar concentrations...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091625/mplex-a-method-for-simultaneous-pathogen-inactivation-and-extraction-of-samples-for-multi-omics-profiling
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Kristin E Burnum-Johnson, Jennifer E Kyle, Amie J Eisfeld, Cameron P Casey, Kelly G Stratton, Juan F Gonzalez, Fabien Habyarimana, Nicholas M Negretti, Amy C Sims, Sadhana Chauhan, Larissa B Thackray, Peter J Halfmann, Kevin B Walters, Young-Mo Kim, Erika M Zink, Carrie D Nicora, Karl K Weitz, Bobbie-Jo M Webb-Robertson, Ernesto S Nakayasu, Brian Ahmer, Michael E Konkel, Vladimir Motin, Ralph S Baric, Michael S Diamond, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Katrina M Waters, Richard D Smith, Thomas O Metz
The continued emergence and spread of infectious agents is of great concern, and systems biology approaches to infectious disease research can advance our understanding of host-pathogen relationships and facilitate the development of new therapies and vaccines. Molecular characterization of infectious samples outside of appropriate biosafety containment can take place only subsequent to pathogen inactivation. Herein, we describe a modified Folch extraction using chloroform/methanol that facilitates the molecular characterization of infectious samples by enabling simultaneous pathogen inactivation and extraction of proteins, metabolites, and lipids for subsequent mass spectrometry-based multi-omics measurements...
January 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090297/exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-systemic-sclerosis
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Zeling Cao, Stephen C Mathai, Laura K Hummers, Ami A Shah, Fredrick M Wigley, Noah Lechtzin, Paul M Hassoun, Reda E Girgis
The fractional exhaled concentration of nitric oxide (FENO) has been shown to be reduced in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) but has not been adequately studied in PAH associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc). We measured FENO at an expiratory flow rate of 50 mL/s in 21 treatment-naive patients with SSc-associated PAH (SSc-PAH), 94 subjects with SSc without pulmonary involvement, and 84 healthy volunteers. Measurements of FENO at additional flow rates of 100, 150, and 250 mL/s were obtained to derive the flow-independent nitric oxide exchange parameters of maximal airway flux (J'awNO) and steady-state alveolar concentration (CANO)...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089154/pre-hospital-electrocardiogram-triage-with-telemedicine-near-halves-time-to-treatment-in-stemi-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression-analysis-of-non-randomized-studies
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REVIEW
Natale Daniele Brunetti, Luisa De Gennaro, Michele Correale, Francesco Santoro, Pasquale Caldarola, Antonio Gaglione, Matteo Di Biase
BACKGROUND: A shorter time to treatment has been shown to be associated with lower mortality rates in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Several strategies have been adopted with the aim to reduce any delay in diagnosis of AMI: pre-hospital triage with telemedicine is one of such strategies. We therefore aimed to measure the real effect of pre-hospital triage with telemedicine in case of AMI in a meta-analysis study. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of non-randomized studies with the aim to quantify the exact reduction of time to treatment achieved by pre-hospital triage with telemedicine...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087052/contraceptive-practices-of-women-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease
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Pamela D Miner, Mary M Canobbio, Dorothy D Pearson, Mary Schlater, Yvonne Balon, Kathryn J Junge, Ami Bhatt, Deena Barber, Michelle J Nickolaus, Adrienne H Kovacs, Philip Moons, Kate Shaw, Susan M Fernandes
Understanding the contraceptive practices of women with complex congenital heart disease (CHD) and providing them individualized contraception counseling may prevent adverse events and unplanned high-risk pregnancies. Given this, we sought to examine the contraceptive practices in women with CHD, describe adverse events associated with contraceptive use, and describe the provision of contraception counseling. Women >18 years were recruited from 2011 to 2014 from 9 adult CHD (ACHD) centers throughout North America...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077828/-hospital-arrival-rate-within-golden-time-and-factors-influencing-prehospital-delays-among-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Hye Mi Ahn, Hyeongsu Kim, Kun Sei Lee, Jung Hyun Lee, Hyo Seon Jeong, Soung Hoon Chang, Kyeong Ryong Lee, Sung Hea Kim, Eun Young Shin
PURPOSE: This research was done to identify the hospital arrival rate and factors related to prehospital delay in arriving at an emergency medical center within the golden time after symptom onset in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: Data used in the research was from the National Emergency Department Information System of the National Emergency Medical Center which reported that in 2014, 9,611 patients went to emergency medical centers for acute myocardial infarction...
December 2016: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076387/distinct-subtypes-of-apathy-revealed-by-the-apathy-motivation-index
#12
Yuen-Siang Ang, Patricia Lockwood, Matthew A J Apps, Kinan Muhammed, Masud Husain
Apathy is a debilitating but poorly understood disorder characterized by a reduction in motivation. As well as being associated with several brain disorders, apathy is also prevalent in varying degrees in healthy people. Whilst many tools have been developed to assess levels of apathy in clinical disorders, surprisingly there are no measures of apathy suitable for healthy people. Moreover, although apathy is commonly comorbid with symptoms of depression, anhedonia and fatigue, how and why these symptoms are associated is unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073901/cardiac-troponin-t-smaller-molecules-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-than-after-onset-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Alma M A Mingels, Eline P M Cardinaels, Natascha J H Broers, Anneke van Sleeuwen, Alexander S Streng, Marja P van Dieijen-Visser, Jeroen P Kooman, Otto Bekers
BACKGROUND: We have found previously that in acute myocardial infarction (AMI), cardiac troponin T (cTnT) is degraded in a time-dependent pattern. We investigated whether cTnT forms differed in patients with chronic cTnT increases, as seen with renal dysfunction, from those in the acute phase of myocardial infarction. METHODS: We separated cTnT forms by gel filtration chromatography (GFC) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients: prehemodialysis (pre-HD) and post-HD (n = 10) and 2 months follow-up (n = 6)...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073848/cardiac-and-noncardiac-causes-of-long-term-mortality-in-st-segment-elevation-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-who-underwent-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Yugo Yamashita, Hiroki Shiomi, Takeshi Morimoto, Hidenori Yaku, Yutaka Furukawa, Yoshihisa Nakagawa, Kenji Ando, Kazushige Kadota, Mitsuru Abe, Kazuya Nagao, Satoshi Shizuta, Koh Ono, Takeshi Kimura
BACKGROUND: In patients with ST-segment-elevation acute myocardial infarction (STEMI) who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention, long-term risks for cardiac and noncardiac death beyond acute phase of STEMI have not been thoroughly evaluated yet. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified 3942 STEMI patients who had primary percutaneous coronary intervention within 24 hours after onset between January 2005 and December 2007 in the CREDO-Kyoto AMI registry (Coronary Revascularization Demonstrating Outcome study in Kyoto Acute Myocardial Infarction) and evaluated their short-term (within 6-month) and long-term (beyond 6-month) incidences and causes of deaths...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073614/underuse-of-allergy-services-for-patients-having-systemic-reactions-to-hymenoptera-venom-stings
#15
Anil M Patel, Vivian Wang, Ami Philipp, Joseph S Yusin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 7, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073455/estimating-microcystin-levels-at-recreational-sites-in-western-lake-erie-and-ohio
#16
Donna S Francy, Amie M G Brady, Christopher D Ecker, Jennifer L Graham, Erin A Stelzer, Pamela Struffolino, Daryl F Dwyer, Keith A Loftin
Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) and associated toxins, such as microcystin, are a major global water-quality issue. Water-resource managers need tools to quickly predict when and where toxin-producing cyanoHABs will occur. This could be done by using site-specific models that estimate the potential for elevated toxin concentrations that cause public health concerns. With this study, samples were collected at three Ohio lakes to identify environmental and water-quality factors to develop linear-regression models to estimate microcystin levels...
September 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073241/prognostic-value-of-total-triiodothyronine-and-free-thyroxine-levels-for-the-heart-failure-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
#17
Min Gyu Kang, Jong Ryeal Hahm, Kye-Hwan Kim, Hyun-Woong Park, Jin-Sin Koh, Seok-Jae Hwang, Jin-Yong Hwang, Jong Hwa Ahn, Yongwhi Park, Young-Hoon Jeong, Jeong Rang Park, Choong Hwan Kwak
Background/Aims: Although a low triiodothyronine (T3) state is closely associated with heart failure (HF), it is uncertain whether total T3 levels on admission is correlated with the clinical outcomes of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The aim of this study is to investigate the prognostic value of total T3 levels for major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCEs) in patients with AMI undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods: A total of 765 PCI-treated AMI patients (65...
January 11, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069838/incidence-of-atrial-fibrillation-detected-by-continuous-rhythm-monitoring-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-with-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-results-of-the-arrest-study
#18
Alexander Romanov, Martin Martinek, Helmut Pürerfellner, Shaojie Chen, Mirko De Melis, Igor Grazhdankin, Dmitry Ponomarev, Denis Losik, Artem Strelnikov, Vitaliy Shabanov, Alexander Karaskov, Evgeny Pokushalov
AIMS: Cardiac arrhythmias following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) can be associated with major adverse cardiovascular events. Data on the "real incidence" of post-MI arrhythmias are limited. We aimed to determine the rate and burden of cardiac arrhythmias by the use of insertable cardiac monitors (ICM) in patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after AMI. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this prospective observational study, patients with LVEF ≥40% who underwent PCI within 7 days following AMI were enrolled to receive an ICM...
January 8, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069321/consumer-confusion-between-prescription-drug-precautions-and-side-effects
#19
Jacqueline B Amoozegar, Douglas J Rupert, Helen W Sullivan, Amie C O'Donoghue
OBJECTIVE: Multiple studies have identified consumers' difficulty correctly interpreting risk information provided about prescription drugs, whether in printed format or online. This study's purpose was to explore whether consumers can distinguish between prescription drug precautions and side effects presented on brand-name drug websites. METHODS: Participants (n=873) viewed fictitious drug websites that presented both precautions and side effects for one of four drugs, and they completed a survey assessing recall and comprehension...
December 30, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069004/educational-level-and-30-day-outcomes-after-hospitalization-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-italy
#20
Gianluca Cafagna, Chiara Seghieri
BACKGROUND: There is a growing interest in the factors that influence short-term mortality and readmission after hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) since such outcomes are commonly considered as hospital performance measures. Socioeconomic status (SES) is one of the factors contributing to healthcare outcomes after hospitalization for AMI. However, no study has been published on education and 30-day readmission in Europe. The objective of this study is to examine the association between educational level and 30-day mortality and readmission among patients hospitalized for AMI in Tuscany (Italy)...
January 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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