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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641751/fetal-imaging-and-therapy-for-cdh-current-status
#1
Titilayo Oluyomi-Obi, Tim Van Mieghem, Greg Ryan
In congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), herniation of the abdominal organs into the fetal chest causes pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension, the main causes of neonatal mortality. As antenatal ultrasound screening improves, the risk of postnatal death can now be better predicted, allowing for the identification of fetuses that might most benefit from a prenatal intervention. Fetoscopic tracheal occlusion is being evaluated in a large international randomized controlled trial. We present the antenatal imaging approaches that can help identify fetuses that might benefit from antenatal therapy, and review the evolution of fetal surgery for CDH to date...
June 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638712/frontal-assessment-battery-and-frontal-atrophy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#2
Tatsuhiro Terada, Jun Miyata, Tomokazu Obi, Manabu Kubota, Miho Yoshizumi, Kinya Yamazaki, Kouichi Mizoguchi, Toshiya Murai
OBJECTIVES: To determine the potential utility of the frontal assessment battery (FAB) in assessing cognitive impairments in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), we investigated the association between the FAB score and regional gray matter volume, and ascertained whether the regional brain alterations related to cognitive impairments occur in relatively mild stage of ALS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-four ALS patients with a Mini-Mental State Examination score of >23, a normal score on the Self-Rating Depression Scale, little or no disturbance in speech and handling utensils on the ALS Functional Rating Scale (ALSFRS), and normal measures on respiratory tests (respiratory function test and arterial blood gas analysis), and two age-matched normal control groups (one for FAB assessment and the other for brain morphometry) underwent FAB testing and structural magnetic resonance imaging...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633752/rituximab-administration-in-a-patient-with-pemphigus-vulgaris-following-reactivation-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#3
Soheil Tavakolpour, Tahereh Soori, Pedram Noormohammadpour, Kamran Balighi, Hamidreza Mahmoudi, Maryam Daneshpazhooh
Immunosuppressive drugs are the milestone of treatment of autoimmune diseases, but they can lead to serious complications, including hepatitis B virus reactivation in HBV carriers as well as in patients with occult HBV infection (OBI). A 36-year-old man with OBI was diagnosed with pemphigus vulgaris. He was prescribed prednisolone and his hepatitis B surface antigen turned positive. Viral replication was successfully controlled by lamivudine and adefovir. Mycophenolate mofetil and intravenous immunoglobulin  were not effective in controlling the pemphigus vulgaris...
June 20, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629407/antibacterial-activity-of-crude-extracts-of-some-south-african-medicinal-plants-against-multidrug-resistant-etiological-agents-of-diarrhoea
#4
Mary A Bisi-Johnson, Chikwelu L Obi, Babatunde B Samuel, Jacobus N Eloff, Anthony I Okoh
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the antibacterial activity of some plants used in folklore medicine to treat diarrhoea in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. METHODS: The acetone extracts of Acacia mearnsii De Wild., Aloe arborescens Mill., A. striata Haw., Cyathula uncinulata (Schrad.) Schinz, Eucomis autumnalis (Mill.) Chitt., E. comosa (Houtt.) Wehrh., Hermbstaedtia odorata (Burch. ex Moq.) T.Cooke, Hydnora africana Thunb, Hypoxis latifolia Wight, Pelargonium sidoides DC, Psidium guajava L and Schizocarphus nervosus (Burch...
June 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622654/continuous-production-of-biodiesel-under-supercritical-methyl-acetate-conditions-experimental-investigation-and-kinetic-model
#5
Obie Farobie, Yukihiko Matsumura
In this study, biodiesel production by using supercritical methyl acetate in a continuous flow reactor was investigated for the first time. The aim of this study was to elucidate the reaction kinetics of biodiesel production by using supercritical methyl. Experiments were conducted at various reaction temperatures (300-400°C), residence times (5-30min), oil-to-methyl acetate molar ratio of 1:40, and a fixed pressure of 20MPa. Reaction kinetics of biodiesel production with supercritical methyl acetate was determined...
June 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622317/assessment-of-patient-reported-outcome-and-quality-of-life-improvement-following-surgery-for-epiphora
#6
Z Sipkova, O Vonica, O Olurin, E E Obi, A R Pearson
PurposeTo assess and compare the subjective improvement in symptoms and quality of life in adult patients who underwent commonly performed oculoplastic surgical interventions to treat epiphora.Materials and methodsA prospective study was undertaken involving all adult patients undergoing dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), lid tightening (lateral tarsal strip or lateral wedge resection), and punctoplasty surgery at our institution. We assessed severity of epiphora preoperatively using the Munk score. At 3 months postoperatively, all patients were sent postal questionnaires comprising of Munk score, 'social impact score' from validated Lac-Q questionnaire ranging from 0 (no impact) to 5 (maximal negative impact) and Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) score, ranging from -100 (maximal detriment) to +100 (maximal benefit)...
June 16, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620797/asia-pacific-clinical-practice-guidelines-on-the-management-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-2017-update
#7
EDITORIAL
Masao Omata, Ann-Lii Cheng, Norihiro Kokudo, Masatoshi Kudo, Jeong Min Lee, Jidong Jia, Ryosuke Tateishi, Kwang-Hyub Han, Yoghesh K Chawla, Shuichiro Shiina, Wasim Jafri, Diana Alcantara Payawal, Takamasa Ohki, Sadahisa Ogasawara, Pei-Jer Chen, Cosmas Rinaldi A Lesmana, Laurentius A Lesmana, Rino A Gani, Shuntaro Obi, A Kadir Dokmeci, Shiv Kumar Sarin
There is great geographical variation in the distribution of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), with the majority of all cases worldwide found in the Asia-Pacific region, where HCC is one of the leading public health problems. Since the "Toward Revision of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) HCC Guidelines" meeting held at the 25th annual conference of the APASL in Tokyo, the newest guidelines for the treatment of HCC published by the APASL has been discussed. This latest guidelines recommend evidence-based management of HCC and are considered suitable for universal use in the Asia-Pacific region, which has a diversity of medical environments...
June 15, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605913/synthesis-optical-properties-and-regioselective-functionalization-of-4a-aza-10a-boraphenanthrene
#8
Alberto Abengózar, Patricia García-García, David Sucunza, Luis Manuel Frutos, Obis Castaño, Diego Sampedro, Adrián Pérez-Redondo, Juan J Vaquero
4a-Aza-10a-boraphenanthrene has been synthesized in only four steps from commercially available materials with a remarkable overall yield of 62%. In contrast to other BN-isosteres of phenathrene, this isomer is weakly fluorescent, which has been explained by means of computational studies that found a low energy conical intersection for the nonradiative deactivation of the excited state. Moreover, a completely regioselective functionalization of 4a-aza-10a-boraphenanthrene at C-1 by reaction with activated electrophiles has been achieved...
June 13, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600075/corrigendum-to-optic-nerve-sheath-fenestration-for-idiopathic-intracranial-hypertension-a-seven-year-review-of-visual-outcomes-in-a-tertiary-centre-clin-neurol-neurosurg-137-october-2015-94-101
#9
E E Obi, B K Lakhani, J Burns, R Sampath
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595858/risk-of-postoperative-venous-thromboembolism-among-pregnant-women
#10
Yasunori Suematsu, Yoshitsugu Obi, Akihiro Shimomura, Reza Fazl Alizadeh, Nosratola D Vaziri, Ninh T Nguyen, Michael J Stamos, Hirohito Ichii
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a critical complication after surgery. Although pregnancy is a known risk factor of VTE, available data on the risk of postoperative VTE are scarce. Using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database between 2006 and 2012, we matched 2,582 pregnant women to 103,640 nonpregnant women based on age, race, body mass index, and modified Rogers score. Pregnant women, compared with matched nonpregnant women, experienced higher incidence of VTE (0...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591309/detection-and-molecular-characterisation-of-a-diagnosis-escape-variant-associated-with-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-in-brazil
#11
Ricardo Wagner de Almeida, Francisco Campello do Amaral Mello, Isabelle Vasconcelos Menegoy, Márcia Paschoal do Espírito Santo, Cléber Ferreira Ginuíno, Paulo Sérgio Fonseca de Sousa, Livia Melo Villar, Elisabeth Lampe, Lia Laura Lewis-Ximenez
BACKGROUND: Many studies have identified mutations in the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) as important factors limiting the ability of commercial serological assays to detect this viral antigen. However, an association between mutations in the HBsAg gene and the occurrence of occult HBV infection (OBI) in patients has not been established. OBJECTIVES: To detect hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in patients with anti-HBc as a unique serological marker, a previously published, cost-effective TaqMan-based real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test with minor groove binding probes was adapted for use in this study...
July 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591184/occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-hiv-positive-patients-at-a-tertiary-healthcare-unit-in-eastern-india
#12
Debraj Saha, Ananya Pal, Neelakshi Sarkar, Dipanwita Das, Jason T Blackard, Subhasish Kamal Guha, Bibhuti Saha, Runu Chakravarty
Occult HBV infection (OBI), defined by the presence of HBV DNA in absence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), is a significant concern in the HIV-infected population. Of 441 HIV+/HBsAg- patients analyzed, the overall prevalence of OBI was 6.3% (28/441). OBI was identified in 21 anti-HBc positives (17.8%), as well as among those who lacked any HBV-specific serological markers (2.2%). Comparison with HIV/HBV co-infection revealed that the levels of CD4, ALT, and HBV DNA were significantly lower during occult infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587625/anti-nuclear-autoantibodies-in-the-general-german-population-prevalence-and-lack-of-association-with-selected-cardiovascular-and-metabolic-disorders-findings-of-a-multicenter-population-based-study
#13
Manas K Akmatov, Nadja Röber, Wolfgang Ahrens, Dieter Flesch-Janys, Julia Fricke, Halina Greiser, Kathrin Günther, Rudolf Kaaks, Yvonne Kemmling, Bastian Krone, Jakob Linseisen, Christa Meisinger, Susanne Moebus, Nadia Obi, Carlos A Guzman, Karsten Conrad, Frank Pessler
BACKGROUND: We determined the prevalence of anti-nuclear autoantibodies (ANAs) in the German adult population and examined the association between ANAs and cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. METHODS: We used data and blood samples from the pretest phases of the German National Cohort, obtained from six of the 18 study centers (n = 1199). All centers applied standardized instruments including face-to-face interviews, anthropometric measurements and collection of blood samples...
June 6, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586296/asthma-control-and-disease-burden-in-patients-with-asthma-and-allergic-comorbidities
#14
Lulu K Lee, Engels Obi, Brandee Paknis, Abhishek Kavati, Bradley Chipps
OBJECTIVE: To assess asthma control and associations with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and economic outcomes among patients with asthma and allergic comorbidities treated with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting beta-agonists (LABA) combination therapy. METHODS: Data from the 2011-2013 US National Health and Wellness Survey were used to identify patients with asthma currently treated with ICS and LABA combination therapy (N = 1923). Patients were included if they self-reported a physician diagnosis of asthma and at least one allergic/asthma-related comorbid condition (e...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585258/masticatory-muscle-architecture-in-a-water-rat-from-australasia-murinae-hydromys-and-its-implication-for-the-evolution-of-carnivory-in-rodents
#15
P-H Fabre, A Herrel, Y Fitriana, L Meslin, L Hautier
Murines are well known for their generalist diet, but several of them display specializations towards a carnivorous diet such as the amphibious Indo-Pacific water-rats. Despite the fact that carnivory evolved repeatedly in this group, few studies have investigated associated changes in jaw muscle anatomy and biomechanics. Here, we describe the jaw muscles and cranial anatomy of a carnivorous water-rat, Hydromys chrysogaster. The architecture of the jaw musculature of six specimens captured both on Obi and Papua were studied and described using dissections...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578854/evaluating-dancing-with-parkinson-s-reflections-from-the-perspective-of-a-community-organization
#16
Rachael Gibson, Sarah Robichaud
In 2015, Dancing With Parkinson's (DWP), a Toronto-based community organization, participated in the Ontario Brain Institute's (OBI) newly launched Evaluation Support Program. This paper reflects on that experience. In particular, we identify the key lessons derived from the OBI initiative, discuss how these lessons have informed DWP practice going forward, and highlight what we consider to be the most valuable aspects of the Evaluation Support Program. While we now recognize the need to establish an evaluation culture within DWP, we find that there are significant challenges associated with both building and sustaining evaluation capacity in the context of a small community-based organization...
May 20, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576246/venous-thromboembolism-in-patients-with-thermal-injury-a-review-of-risk-assessment-tools-and-current-knowledge-on-the-effectiveness-and%C3%A2-risks-of-mechanical-and-chemical-prophylaxis
#17
REVIEW
Christopher J Pannucci, Andrea T Obi, Benjamin H Timmins, Amalia L Cochran
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can be a life-threatening or limb-threatening complication of thermal injury. The severity of burn injury can be used to predict VTE risk among patients with thermal injury, and a weighted risk-stratification tool has been developed. This article reviews the incidence, diagnosis, and management of thromboembolic events in patients with burns. The article particularly focuses on identifying those patients who are at highest risk for VTE and provides recommendations on mechanical and chemical prophylaxis...
July 2017: Clinics in Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573505/comparative-efficacy-of-ibrutinib-versus-obinutuzumab%C3%A2-%C3%A2-chlorambucil-in-first-line-treatment-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-a-matching-adjusted-indirect-comparison
#18
Suzy Van Sanden, Simona Baculea, Joris Diels, Sarah Cote
INTRODUCTION: Ibrutinib (ibr) monotherapy and the combination of obinutuzumab plus chlorambucil (obi) are approved for previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). No trials directly comparing their efficacy are available. Therefore a matching-adjusted indirect comparison (MAIC) was performed to provide insight into their relative efficacy in terms of progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). MAIC attempts to adjust for between-trial differences in factors known or suspected to influence treatment effects, to minimize bias...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572757/muscle-contraction-regulates-bdnf-trkb-signaling-to-modulate-synaptic-function-through-presynaptic-cpkc%C3%AE-and-cpkc%C3%AE-i
#19
Erica Hurtado, Víctor Cilleros, Laura Nadal, Anna Simó, Teresa Obis, Neus Garcia, Manel M Santafé, Marta Tomàs, Katherine Halievski, Cynthia L Jordan, Maria A Lanuza, Josep Tomàs
The neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) acts via tropomyosin-related kinase B receptor (TrkB) to regulate synapse maintenance and function in the neuromuscular system. The potentiation of acetylcholine (ACh) release by BDNF requires TrkB phosphorylation and Protein Kinase C (PKC) activation. BDNF is secreted in an activity-dependent manner but it is not known if pre- and/or postsynaptic activities enhance BDNF expression in vivo at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Here, we investigated whether nerve and muscle cell activities regulate presynaptic conventional PKC (cPKCα and βI) via BDNF/TrkB signaling to modulate synaptic strength at the NMJ...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543299/low-occurrence-of-hbsag-but-high-frequency-of-transient-occult-hbv-infection-in-vaccinated-and-hbig-administered-infants-born-to-hbsag-positive-mothers
#20
Shan Zhou, Tingting Li, Jean-Pierre Allain, Bin Zhou, Yuming Zhang, Mei Zhong, Yongshui Fu, Chengyao Li
The status of chronic and occult HBV infection (OBI) in neonatal hepatitis B vaccine and immunoglobulin (HBIG) vaccinated infants born to HBsAg+ mothers was investigated at a major hospital in China. Seventy-seven and 15 blood samples were collected in first or second follow-up detection from the vaccinated babies aged 3 to 36 months born to 43 HBsAg+ or plus 25 HBeAg+ mothers. HBV infection was analyzed between the paired baby and mother by serology and DNA analysis. Among 77 children born to 68 HBsAg+ mothers, 3...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
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