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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822935/assessing-urban-population-vulnerability-and-environmental-risks-across-an-urban-area-during-heatwaves-implications-for-health-protection
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H L Macintyre, C Heaviside, J Taylor, R Picetti, P Symonds, X-M Cai, S Vardoulakis
Heatwaves can lead to a range of adverse impacts including increased risk of illness and mortality; the heatwave in August 2003 has been associated with ~70,000 deaths across Europe. Due to climate change, heatwaves are likely to become more intense, more frequent and last longer in the future. A number of factors may influence risks associated with heat exposure, such as population age, housing type, and location within the Urban Heat Island, and such factors may not be evenly distributed spatially across a region...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822801/microarray-gene-expression-study-in-fibroblast-and-lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-from-antipsychotic-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients
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Patricia Gassó, Sergi Mas, Natalia Rodríguez, Daniel Boloc, Susana García-Cerro, Miquel Bernardo, Amalia Lafuente, Eduard Parellada
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a chronic psychiatric disorder whose onset of symptoms occurs in late adolescence and early adulthood. The etiology is complex and involves important gene-environment interactions. Microarray gene-expression studies on SZ have identified alterations in several biological processes. The heterogeneity in the results can be attributed to the use of different sample types and other important confounding factors including age, illness chronicity and antipsychotic exposure. The aim of the present microarray study was to analyze, for the first time to our knowledge, differences in gene expression profiles in 18 fibroblast (FCLs) and 14 lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) from antipsychotic-naïve first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients and healthy controls...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822798/meaning-in-life-as-a-mediator-between-physical-impairment-and-the-wish-to-hasten-death-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Mariona Guerrero-Torrelles, Cristina Monforte-Royo, Joaquín Tomás-Sábado, Frederic Marimon, Josep Porta-Sales, Albert Balaguer
CONTEXT: Meaning in life (MiL) is a key factor for ensuring spiritual wellbeing and quality of life among patients with life-threatening illnesses. However, the role of MiL in relation to the wish to hasten death (WTHD) and its interaction with other physical and psychological factors in patients with advanced cancer has not yet been studied. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the relationship between the WTHD and MiL, and to propose a theoretical model of functional relationships between WTHD, performance status, depression and MiL...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822692/complex-clinical-intersection-palliative-care-in-patients-with-dementia
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REVIEW
Ellen E Lee, Beverly Chang, Steven Huege, Jeremy Hirst
Because of the rapidly growing older population and increases in longevity, rates of dementia have been rising. Clinical challenges of treating dementia include limited resources and lack of curative therapies. Palliative care approaches improve quality of life and alleviate suffering for dementia patients at the end of life, although implementation may be limited by societal acceptance and feasibility. This review examines the published literature on pain assessments, pain and behavior interventions, tools for advanced care planning, and clinical concerns in dementia patients...
June 29, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822691/fatal-meningitis-in-swine-after-intrathecal-administration-of-adeno-associated-virus-expressing-syngeneic-interleukin-10
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Mark D Unger, Josef Pleticha, James E Collins, Anibal G Armien, Jennifer L Brazzell, Laura K Newman, Lukas F Heilmann, Jodi A Scholz, Timothy P Maus, Andreas S Beutler
Interleukin-10 (IL-10) delivered by intrathecal (i.t.) gene vectors is a candidate investigational new drug (IND) for several chronic neurological disorders such as neuropathic pain. We performed a preclinical safety study of IL-10. A syngeneic large animal model was used delivering porcine IL-10 (pIL-10) to the i.t. space in swine by adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8), a gene vector that was previously found to be nontoxic in the i.t. space. Unexpectedly, animals became ill, developing ataxia, seizures, and an inability to feed and drink, and required euthanasia...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822681/firearm-storage-practices-in-households-of-adolescents-with-and-without-mental-illness
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Joseph A Simonetti, Mary Kay Theis, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Evette J Ludman, David C Grossman
PURPOSE: Safe firearm storage practices are associated with a lower risk of self-inflicted injury and death. Whether such practices and relevant beliefs differ between households of adolescents with and without mental illness is unknown. METHODS: We used survey and administrative data to perform a two-stage cross-sectional study of parents/guardians of adolescents who were 11-17 years, enrolled in a managed care plan in 2004 and living in a household with a firearm...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822646/the-crucial-role-of-maternal-care-providers-as-vaccinators-for-pregnant-women
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Maria Luz Vilca, Susanna Esposito
Vaccination during pregnancy is increasingly being recognised internationally a useful means of preventing illness in pregnant women and their newborns. It has been used since the 1960s, when it was found that tetanus vaccine was highly effective in preventing neonatal tetanus, but interest has greatly increased over the last few years. As new data become available showing the numerous benefits of maternal immunisation and its potential for improving maternal and neonatal health in relation to a number of infectious conditions, it is being increasingly incorporated into the national vaccination programmes around the world...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822614/heterogeneity-in-a-large-pedigree-with-danon-disease-implications-for-pathogenesis-and-management
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Jonathan C P Roos, Matthew J Daniels, Elizabeth Morris, Hanna I Hyry, Timothy M Cox
BACKGROUND: Danon disease is an X-linked disturbance of autophagy manifesting with cognitive impairment and disordered heart and skeletal muscle. After a period of relative stability, patients deteriorate rapidly and may quickly become ineligible for elective heart transplantation - the only life-saving therapy. METHODS: We report a large pedigree with diverse manifestations of Danon disease in hemizygotes and female heterozygotes. RESULTS: Malignant cardiac arrhythmias requiring amiodarone treatment induced thyroid disease in two patients; intractable thyrotoxicosis, which enhances autophagy, caused the death of a 21year-old man...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822398/variability-in-perioperative-fasting-practices-negatively-impacts-nutritional-support-of-critically-ill-intubated-patients
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Molly J Douglas, David Ciraulo
The aim of the study was to quantify nutritional losses related to pre- and postoperative fasts in critically ill intubated patients and to explore whether shorter fasts are safe and appropriate in this population. A retrospective review of mechanically ventilated adults undergoing surgery more than 24 hours after admission to a Level I trauma center over 15 months was done, which yielded 132 procedures and 81 unique patients. Ninety per cent of preoperative periods and 43 per cent of postoperative periods were affected by nonmedical barriers to feeding...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822393/identifying-futile-interfacility-surgical-transfers
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Kristy Kummerow Broman, Sharon E Phillips, Jesse M Ehrenfeld, Mayur B Patel, Oscar M Guillamondegui, Kenneth W Sharp, Richard A Pierce, Benjamin K Poulose, Michael D Holzman
Surgeons perceive that some surgical transfers are futile, but the incidence and risk factors of futile transfer are not quantified. Identifying futile interfacility transfers could save cost and undue burdens to patients and families. We sought to describe the incidence and factors associated with futile transfers. We conducted a retrospective cohort study from 2009 to 2013 including patients transferred to a tertiary referral center for general or vascular surgical care. Futile transfers were defined as resulting in death or hospice discharge within 72 hours of transfer without operative, endoscopic, or radiologic intervention...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822384/clinical-characteristics-of-trauma-patients-requiring-hydrocortisone-treatment-for-refractory-hypotension
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Gina Kim, Jeffrey Young
Corticosteroids play an important role in responding to physiologic stress in the human body. However, its application in critical care remains heavily debated. The purpose of this study was to identify patient characteristics associated with receiving stress-dose steroids during the intensive care unit stay after traumatic injury and its effect on in-hospital mortality. Patients admitted to the University of Virginia trauma center between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015, were identified using our Trauma Registry...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822340/endothelial-glycocalyx-biomarkers-increase-in-patients-with-infection-during-emergency-department-treatment
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Lisa Smart, Stephen P J Macdonald, Sally Burrows, Erika Bosio, Glenn Arendts, Daniel M Fatovich
PURPOSE: Endothelial glycocalyx (EG) shedding may promote organ failure in sepsis. This study describes temporal changes in EG biomarkers from Emergency Department (ED) arrival, and associations with clinical characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study included 23 patients with simple infection, 86 with sepsis and 29 healthy controls. Serum EG biomarkers included syndecan-1, syndecan-4 and hyaluronan. Samples were taken on enrolment in the ED (T0), 1 hour (T1), 3 hours (T3) and 12 to 24 hours (T24) later...
July 2, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822334/reported-maladaptive-decision-making-in-unipolar-and-bipolar-depression-and-its-change-with-treatment
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Lara F Alexander, Alison Oliver, Lauren K Burdine, Yilang Tang, Boadie W Dunlop
Mood disorder patients frequently experience difficulty making decisions and may make sub-optimal decisions with adverse life consequences. However, patients' styles for decision-making when ill and after treatment have received little study to date. We assessed healthy controls (HC, n = 69) and patients with major depressive disorder (MDD, n = 61) or bipolar disorder (BP, n = 26) in a current major depressive episode using the Melbourne Decision-making Questionnaire. A subset of participants was re-evaluated after completing six weeks of pharmacotherapy...
August 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822071/imaging-the-etiology-of-apathy-anxiety-and-depression-in-parkinson-s-disease-implication-for-treatment
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REVIEW
Stephane Thobois, Stephane Prange, Véronique Sgambato-Faure, Léon Tremblay, Emmanuel Broussolle
Apathy, depression, and anxiety are among the most important non-motor signs of Parkinson's disease (PD). This may be encountered at early stages of illness and represent a major source of burden. Understanding their pathophysiology is a major prerequisite for efficient therapeutic strategies. Anatomical and metabolic imaging studies have enabled a breakthrough by demonstrating that widespread abnormalities within the limbic circuits notably the orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortices, amygdala, thalamus, and ventral striatum are involved in the pathophysiology of depression, anxiety, and apathy in PD...
August 18, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822053/colorectal-cancer-patient-s-self-efficacy-for-managing-illness-related-problems-in-the-first-2%C3%A2-years-after-diagnosis-results-from-the-colorectal-well-being-crew-study
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Chloe Grimmett, Joanne Haviland, Jane Winter, Lynn Calman, Amy Din, Alison Richardson, Peter W F Smith, Claire Foster
PURPOSE: There is a growing emphasis on self-management of cancer aftercare. Little is known about patient's self-efficacy (confidence) to manage illness-related problems and how this changes over time. This paper describes the patterns of self-efficacy for managing illness-related problems amongst colorectal cancer patients in the 2 years following diagnosis. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, questionnaires were administered at baseline (pre-surgery), 3, 9, 15 and 24 months to 872 colorectal cancer patients...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821973/bilirubin-in-the-early-course-of-venovenous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support-for-refractory-ards
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Chiara Lazzeri, Manuela Bonizzoli, Giovanni Cianchi, Stefano Batacchi, Marco Chiostri, Giorgio Enzo Fulceri, Laura Tadini Buoninsegni, Adriano Peris
Bilirubin is known as a marker of hepatic dysfunction and is incorporated in scoring algorithms to assess prognosis in critically ill patients. No data are so far available on the prognostic role of hepatic dysfunction in patients with severe ARDS on venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) support. In 112 consecutive patients with severe ARDS treated with VV-ECMO, we aimed at assessing whether increased bilirubin during the first 72 h could affect early death. Increased serum bilirubin (≥1...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821845/fluticasone-salmeterol-reduces-remodelling-and-neutrophilic-inflammation-in-severe-equine-asthma
#17
Michela Bullone, Amandine Vargas, Yvonne Elce, James G Martin, Jean-Pierre Lavoie
Asthmatic airways are inflamed and undergo remodelling. Inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-agonist combinations are more effective than inhaled corticosteroid monotherapy in controlling disease exacerbations, but their effect on airway remodelling and inflammation remains ill-defined. This study evaluates the contribution of inhaled fluticasone and salmeterol, alone or combined, to the reversal of bronchial remodelling and inflammation. Severely asthmatic horses (6 horses/group) were treated with fluticasone, salmeterol, fluticasone/salmeterol, or with antigen avoidance for 12 weeks...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821799/plk1-bound-to-bub1-contributes-to-spindle-assembly-checkpoint-activity-during-mitosis
#18
Masanori Ikeda, Kozo Tanaka
For faithful chromosome segregation, the formation of stable kinetochore-microtubule attachment and its monitoring by the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) are coordinately regulated by mechanisms that are currently ill-defined. Here, we show that polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1), which is instrumental in forming stable kinetochore-microtubule attachments, is also involved in the maintenance of SAC activity by binding to Bub1, but not by binding to CLASP2 or CLIP-170. The effect of Plk1 on the SAC was found to be mediated through phosphorylation of Mps1, an essential kinase for the SAC, as well as through phosphorylation of the MELT repeats in Knl1...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821524/the-association-between-intensive-care-unit-acquired-hypernatraemia-and-mortality-in-critically-ill-patients-with-cerebrovascular-diseases-a-single-centre-cohort-study-in-japan
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Takahiro Imaizumi, Masahiro Nakatochi, Yoshiro Fujita, Rie Nomura, Kenshi Watanabe, Michitaka Maekawa, Taishi Yamakawa, Takayuki Katsuno, Shoichi Maruyama
OBJECTIVES: Hypernatraemia is one of the major electrolyte disorders associated with mortality among critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICUs). It is unclear whether this applies to patients with cerebrovascular diseases in whom high sodium concentrations may be allowed in order to prevent cerebral oedema. This study aimed to examine the association between ICU-acquired hypernatraemia and the prognosis of patients with cerebrovascular diseases. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821420/hyperglycemia-in-young-adults-seen-in-the-emergency-department-a-health-records-review
#20
Justin W Yan, Alexandra L Hamelin, Katherine M Gushulak, Kristine Van Aarsen, Melanie P Columbus, Ian G Stiell
Patients with diabetes who are in emerging adulthood, defined as the life stage between 18 and 29 years of age, have unique challenges in managing their illness and are at risk for acute complications and loss to follow up. This study's objective was to describe emergency department (ED) utilization because of hyperglycemia in emerging adults with diabetes and to characterize 30-day outcomes, including return visits and admission for hyperglycemia. This was a health-records review of emerging adults presenting over a 1-year period to 4 tertiary care EDs; the patients had known histories of diabetes and final diagnoses of hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar hyperglycemia...
August 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
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