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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792287/safety-tolerability-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-glpg1690-a-novel-autotaxin-inhibitor-to-treat-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-flora-a-phase-2a-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Toby M Maher, Ellen M van der Aar, Olivier Van de Steen, Lisa Allamassey, Julie Desrivot, Sonia Dupont, Liesbeth Fagard, Paul Ford, Ann Fieuw, Wim Wuyts
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) causes irreversible loss of lung function. People with IPF have increased concentrations of autotaxin in lung tissue and lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and exhaled condensate. GLPG1690 (Galapagos, Mechelen, Belgium) is a novel, potent, selective autotaxin inhibitor with good oral exposure. We explored the effects of GLPG1690 in patients with IPF. METHODS: This was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 2a study done in 17 centres in Italy, Ukraine and the UK...
May 18, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790924/typhoidal-salmonella-serovars-ecological-opportunity-and-the-evolution-of-a-new-pathovar
#2
Hirotaka Hiyoshi, Connor R Tiffany, Denise N Bronner, Andreas J Bäumler
Typhoid and paratyphoid fever are severe systemic infections caused by human-adapted typhoidal Salmonella serovars that are indistinguishable in their clinical presentation, but differ from human gastroenteritis caused by zoonotic non-typhoidal Salmonella serovars. Typhoidal Salmonella serovars evolved from ancestral gastrointestinal pathogens through genetic changes that supported a change in pathogen ecology. Typhoidal Salmonella serovars share virulence properties that were acquired through convergent evolution and therefore this group is not defined by the presence of shared virulence genes that are absent from non-typhoidal Salmonella serovars...
May 21, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790662/pathogenic-characterization-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-of-indian-origin-in-experimentally-infected-piglets
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D Senthilkumar, K Rajukumar, A Sen, M Kumar, D Shrivastava, S Kalaiyarasu, S Gautam, F Singh, D D Kulkarni, V P Singh
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is an economically important transboundary viral disease of pigs confronting the swine industry worldwide. This study was aimed to assess the pathogenic potential of PRRS virus belonging to genotype 2 that emerged in India in 2013. Nine 6-week-old piglets were inoculated intranasally with 2 × 105.75  TCID50 /ml of PRRSV (Ind-297221/2013). Three piglets were kept as uninfected controls. Blood and nasal swabs were collected daily up to 7 days post-infection (dpi) and on alternate days subsequently...
May 23, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790651/epitheliocystis-in-fish-an-emerging-aquaculture-disease-with-a-global-impact
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REVIEW
Makeely Isabel Blandford, Alyce Taylor-Brown, Thomas A Schlacher, Barbara Nowak, Adam Polkinghorne
Epitheliocystis is a skin and gill disease in fish caused by pathogenic intracellular bacteria. The disease has been reported in at least 90 species of marine and freshwater fish in both the southern and northern hemispheres. It affects a number of commercially important aquaculture species, including salmon, kingfish and bream. In infected fish, cysts typically develop in the gill epithelia, promoting the fusion of gill lamellae. Infections can lead to respiratory distress and death, particularly in cultured and juvenile fish with cases rarely reported in wild fish...
May 23, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789175/macrolide-resistance-in-cases-of-community-acquired-bacterial-pneumonia-in-the-emergency-department
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John P Haran, Gregory A Volturo
BACKGROUND: Emergency physicians are under pressure to prescribe an antibiotic early in the treatment course of a patient with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Macrolides are recommended first-line empirical therapy for the outpatient treatment of CAP in patients without associated comorbidities; however, resistance rates to macrolides in the United States are on the rise. OBJECTIVE: This review considers macrolide use for CAP in the emergency department by reviewing the microbiologic environment in the United States and whether macrolides can overcome in vitro resistance during actual clinical use...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788946/patient-information-education-and-self-management-in-bronchiectasis-facilitating-improvements-to-optimise-health-outcomes
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REVIEW
Katy L M Hester, Julia Newton, Tim Rapley, Anthony De Soyza
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is an incurable lung disease characterised by irreversible airway dilatation. It causes symptoms including chronic productive cough, dyspnoea, and recurrent respiratory infections often requiring hospital admission. Fatigue and reductions in quality of life are also reported in bronchiectasis. Patients often require multi-modal treatments that can be burdensome, leading to issues with adherence. In this article we review the provision of, and requirement for, education and information in bronchiectasis...
May 22, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788944/bronchiectasis-an-emerging-global-epidemic
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EDITORIAL
Sanjay H Chotirmall, James D Chalmers
Bronchiectasis has an increasing profile within respiratory medicine. This chronic and irreversible airways disease is common but suffers from a lack of evidenced based therapy for patients and, a lack of understanding of its inherent heterogeneity. Research focused on bronchiectasis must therefore be prioritized if we are to adequately address this evolving clinical problem. This special issue on bronchiectasis focuses on its clinical, microbiological and therapeutic aspects. By bringing together a unique collection of original research and review articles, we hope this issue will showcase international research efforts, encourage future research collaborations and stimulate debate...
May 22, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785865/an-oesophageal-spring
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Elisabetta Calamelli, Tomasso Gargano, Sandra Brusa, Paolo Bottau, Mario Lima, Marcello Lanari
Oesophageal foreign bodies (OFBs) are a relatively common emergency in young children. OFBs are complicated by significant morbidity and mortality because their ingestion often occurs without witnesses, leading to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. We report an occult OFB in an 11-month-old infant who initially presented without any specific respiratory symptoms, mimicking a respiratory infection. Worsening of the patient's cough, which did not show any improvement, despite treatment, and progressive onset of gastrointestinal manifestations (dysphagia, vomiting, and drooling) led to the diagnosis of an OFB (metallic spring)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785215/mycobacteriosis-and-tuberculosis-laboratory-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Davood Azadi, Tahereh Motallebirad, Kazem Ghaffari, Hasan Shojaei
Background: Tuberculosis is one of the most important infectious diseases that has claimed its victims throughout much of known human history. With Koch's discovery of the tubercle bacillus as the etiologic agent of the disease, his sanitary and hygienic measures, which were based on his discovery and the development of a vaccine against tuberculosis by Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin in 1921, an attenuated Mycobacterium bovis strain, bacilli Calmette-Guérin (BCG), and the discovery of the first antibiotic against tuberculosis, streptomycin by Selman Waksman in 1943, soon led to the opinion that appropriate control measures had become available for tuberculosis and it had been assumed that the disease could ultimately be eradicated...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785214/etiological-trends-and-patterns-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-respiratory-infections
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Salma M Al-Zain Ahmed, Sara S Abdelrahman, Doua M Saad, Isra S Osman, Modasir G Osman, Eltahir A G Khalil
Background: Respiratory infections are one of the commonest causes of morbidity and mortality related to infectious diseases worldwide. The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is a major global health problem which is well established in developing countries. Good clinical suspicion and correct laboratory identification of respiratory infection causing organisms followed by the appropriate management are needed to compact both community-acquired and nosocomial infection respiratory infections...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785206/life-cycle-assessment-of-residual-lignocellulosic-biomass-based-jet-fuel-with-activated-carbon-and-lignosulfonate-as-co-products
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Francesca Pierobon, Ivan L Eastin, Indroneil Ganguly
Background: Bio-jet fuels are emerging as a valuable alternative to petroleum-based fuels for their potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel dependence. In this study, residual woody biomass from slash piles in the U.S. Pacific Northwest is used as a feedstock to produce iso-paraffinic kerosene, through the production of sugar and subsequent patented proprietary fermentation and upgrading. To enhance the economic viability and reduce the environmental impacts of iso-paraffinic kerosene, two co-products, activated carbon and lignosulfonate, are simultaneously produced within the same bio-refinery...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784474/point-of-care-ultrasound-differentiation-of-lung-consolidation-and-normal-thymus-in-pediatric-patients-an-educational-case-series
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Cynthia A Gravel, Richard G Bachur
BACKGROUND: There is a growing body of evidence to support the utility of lung point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in pediatric patients with multiple pulmonary pathologies, particularly pneumonia. As we increase our use of lung POCUS for pediatric patients with respiratory complaints, we must be mindful of the normal anatomy and sonographic findings within the pediatric chest and aware of how to distinguish normal findings (e.g., thymus) from pathologic findings (e.g., consolidation). CASE REPORTS: We report four cases of pediatric patients who presented to the Emergency Department with respiratory complaints for which POCUS was able to distinguish lung consolidation and normal thymus in the anterior chest...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784465/-proper-use-of-fluoroquinolones-in-hospitalized-elderly-patients-realisation-of-a-clinical-audit-in-geriatric-hospitals-of-lyon-university-hospital
#13
C Papailhau, S Gaujard, R Girard, L Bourguignon, C Mouchoux
INTRODUCTION: Fluoroquinolones (FQ) are widely used because of their broad spectrum and their ease of use, especially in the elderly. Nevertheless, their misuse is behind the development and the emergence of bacterial resistances. The objective of this study was to evaluate the compliance of FQ prescriptions in the elderly hospitalized, before and after pharmaceutical interventions (PI). METHODS: A prospective clinical audit was conducted for three months in three geriatric hospitals...
May 18, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783968/investigating-porcine-parvoviruses-genogroup-2-infection-using-in-situ-polymerase-chain-reaction
#14
Dinko Novosel, Daniel Cadar, Tamás Tuboly, Andreja Jungic, Tomasz Stadejek, Tahar Ait-Ali, Attila Cságola
BACKGROUND: Porcine parvovirus 2 (PPV2) was detected in swine serum without showing any relationship with disease. The emergence of the virus seemed to be a unique event until other genetically highly similar parvoviruses were identified in China and, later in 2012, the presence of the virus was also described in Europe. PPV2 is widely distributed in pig populations where it is suspected to be involved in respiratory conditions, based on its frequent detection in lung samples. In order to investigate the potential pathogenic involvement of PPV2, 60 dead pigs were examined from two farms...
May 21, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782242/case-254-posttraumatic-migrating-fat-embolus-causing-fat-emboli-syndrome
#15
Sébastien Molière, Stéphane Kremer, Guillaume Bierry
History An otherwise healthy 18-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department with a closed displaced fracture of the left femoral shaft ( Fig 1 ) after a high-velocity motorbike accident. At admission, other physical examination findings were unremarkable. Initial unenhanced and contrast material-enhanced (120 mL of Iomeron 400; Bracco Imaging, Milan, Italy) computed tomography (CT) was performed in the arterial and venous phases from the head to the knees. No abnormalities were noted in the brain or chest at initial CT...
June 2018: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781385/procalcitonin-guided-use-of-antibiotics-for-lower-respiratory-tract-infection
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David T Huang, Donald M Yealy, Michael R Filbin, Aaron M Brown, Chung-Chou H Chang, Yohei Doi, Michael W Donnino, Jonathan Fine, Michael J Fine, Michelle A Fischer, John M Holst, Peter C Hou, John A Kellum, Feras Khan, Michael C Kurz, Shahram Lotfipour, Frank LoVecchio, Octavia M Peck-Palmer, Francis Pike, Heather Prunty, Robert L Sherwin, Lauren Southerland, Thomas Terndrup, Lisa A Weissfeld, Jonathan Yabes, Derek C Angus
Background The effect of procalcitonin-guided use of antibiotics on treatment for suspected lower respiratory tract infection is unclear. Methods In 14 U.S. hospitals with high adherence to quality measures for the treatment of pneumonia, we provided guidance for clinicians about national clinical practice recommendations for the treatment of lower respiratory tract infections and the interpretation of procalcitonin assays. We then randomly assigned patients who presented to the emergency department with a suspected lower respiratory tract infection and for whom the treating physician was uncertain whether antibiotic therapy was indicated to one of two groups: the procalcitonin group, in which the treating clinicians were provided with real-time initial (and serial, if the patient was hospitalized) procalcitonin assay results and an antibiotic use guideline with graded recommendations based on four tiers of procalcitonin levels, or the usual-care group...
May 20, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780385/extracellular-vesicle-an-emerging-mediator-of-intercellular-crosstalk-in-lung-inflammation-and-injury
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REVIEW
Heedoo Lee, Eric Abston, Duo Zhang, Ashish Rai, Yang Jin
Inflammatory lung responses are one of the characterized features in the pathogenesis of many lung diseases, including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Alveolar macrophages (AMs) and alveolar epithelial cells are the first line of host defense and innate immunity. Due to their central roles in both the initiation and resolution of inflammatory lung responses, AMs constantly communicate with other lung cells, including the alveolar epithelial cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779674/forecasting-respiratory-infectious-outbreaks-using-ed-based-syndromic-surveillance-for-febrile-ed-visits-in-a-metropolitan-city
#18
Tae Han Kim, Ki Jeong Hong, Sang Do Shin, Gwan Jin Park, Sungwan Kim, Nhayoung Hong
BACKGROUND: Monitoring and detecting sudden outbreaks of respiratory infectious disease is important. Emergency Department (ED)-based syndromic surveillance systems have been introduced for early detection of infectious outbreaks. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a forecasting model of respiratory infectious disease outbreaks based on a nationwide ED syndromic surveillance using daily number of emergency department visits with fever. METHODS: We measured the number of daily ED visits with body temperature ≥ 38...
May 10, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776436/rates-and-causes-of-30-day-readmission-and-emergency-room-utilization-following-head-and-neck-surgery
#19
Vincent Wu, Stephen F Hall
BACKGROUND: Unplanned returns to hospital are common, costly, and potentially avoidable. We aimed to investigate and characterize reasons for all-cause readmissions to hospital as in-patients (IPs) and visits to the Emergency Department (ED) within 30-days following patient discharge post head and neck surgery (HNS). METHODS: Retrospective case series with chart review. All patients within the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery who underwent HNS for benign and malignant disease from January 1, 2010 to May 31, 2015 were identified...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775685/phenotypic-and-genetic-resistance-traits-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-strains-infecting-cystic-fibrosis-patients-a-french-cohort-study
#20
Nathalie Courtois, Yvan Caspar, Max Maurin
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is responsible for chronic respiratory tract colonisation and acute exacerbations in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. This Gram-negative bacterium often develops multidrug resistance, which represents a therapeutic challenge. Our objective was to characterize the phenotypic and genetic β-lactam resistance traits of P. aeruginosa strains isolated from CF patients followed at Grenoble Alpes university hospital. The susceptibility to β-lactam compounds of 123 P. aeruginosa strains collected from the lower respiratory tract of 45 CF patients, between 2010 and 2014, was evaluated...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
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