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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651408/-identification-and-evaluation-of-t-cell-epitopes-of-rv0585c-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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X X Wang, X Chen, Y Q Li, T Y Xiao, Y Jiang, M C Li, H C Liu, K L Wan
Objective: To investigate the human T cell epitopes of Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen and their immunogenicity and provide evidence for the development of specific tuberculosis immune diagnostic techniques and tuberculosis vaccine. Methods: We synthesized peptides from M. tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen predicted by TE-predict and IEDB human T cell epitope prediction tool. The cellular immunoreactivity of the predicted peptides was evaluated through ELISpot assay with the peripheral blood monouclear cells (PBMC) of clinical tuberculosis patients...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651392/-analysis-of-hemoglobin-level-and-anemia-prevalence-in-students-aged-7-14-years-in-china-2014
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Z G Yang, Z H Wang, J Ma
Objective: To analyze the level of hemoglobin level and the prevalence of anemia in students aged 7-14 years in China. Methods: According to the 2010 Chinese National Surveys on Students'Constitution and Health, 71 130 students who were aged 7, 9, 12 and 14 years and had received hemoglobin test were sampled as the subjects, WHO anemia diagnostic criteria was used to explore the hemoglobin level and the prevalence of anemia. Results: The mean concentrations of hemoglobin were (129.25±11.37) g/L, (131.04±11...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651293/-tuberculosis-guideline-for-adults-guideline-for-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-tuberculosis-including-ltbi-testing-and-treatment-of-the-german-central-committee-dzk-and-the-german-respiratory-society-dgp
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Tom Schaberg, Torsten Bauer, Folke Brinkmann, Roland Diel, Cornelia Feiterna-Sperling, Walter Haas, Pia Hartmann, Barbara Hauer, Jan Heyckendorf, Christoph Lange, Albert Nienhaus, Ralf Otto-Knapp, Martin Priwitzer, Elvira Richter, Rudolf Rumetshofer, Karl Schenkel, Otto Dagobert Schoch, Nicolas Schönfeld, Ralf Stahlmann
Since 2015 a significant increase in tuberculosis cases is notified in Germany, mostly due to rising numbers of migrants connected to the recent refugee crisis. Because of the low incidence in previous years, knowledge on tuberculosis is more and more limited to specialized centers. However, lung specialist and healthcare workers of other fields have contact to an increasing number of tuberculosis patients. In this situation, guidance for the management of standard therapy and especially for uncommon situations will be essential...
June 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651071/an-independent-active-contours-segmentation-framework-for-bone-micro-ct-images
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Vasileios Ch Korfiatis, Simone Tassani, George K Matsopoulos
Micro-CT is an imaging technique for small tissues and objects that is gaining increased popularity especially as a pre-clinical application. Nevertheless, there is no well-established micro-CT segmentation method, while typical procedures lack sophistication and frequently require a degree of manual intervention, leading to errors and subjective results. To address these issues, a novel segmentation framework, called Independent Active Contours Segmentation (IACS), is proposed in this paper. The proposed IACS is based on two autonomous modules, namely automatic ROI extraction and IAC Evolution, which segments the ROI image using multiple Active Contours that evolve simultaneously and independently of one another...
June 19, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650970/point-of-care-testing-for-toxoplasma-gondii-igg-igm-using-toxoplasma-ict-igg-igm-test-with-sera-from-the-united-states-and-implications-for-developing-countries
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Ian J Begeman, Joseph Lykins, Ying Zhou, Bo Shiun Lai, Pauline Levigne, Kamal El Bissati, Kenneth Boyer, Shawn Withers, Fatima Clouser, A Gwendolyn Noble, Peter Rabiah, Charles N Swisher, Peter T Heydemann, Despina G Contopoulos-Ioannidis, Jose G Montoya, Yvonne Maldonado, Raymund Ramirez, Cindy Press, Eileen Stillwaggon, François Peyron, Rima McLeod
BACKGROUND: Congenital toxoplasmosis is a serious but preventable and treatable disease. Gestational screening facilitates early detection and treatment of primary acquisition. Thus, fetal infection can be promptly diagnosed and treated and outcomes can be improved. METHODS: We tested 180 sera with the Toxoplasma ICT IgG-IgM point-of-care (POC) test. Sera were from 116 chronically infected persons (48 serotype II; 14 serotype I-III; 25 serotype I-IIIa; 28 serotype Atypical, haplogroup 12; 1 not typed)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650932/incremental-value-of-right-atrial-strain-for-early-diagnosis-of-hemodynamic-deterioration-in-pulmonary-hypertension-a-new-noninvasive-tool-for-a-more-comprehensive-diagnostic-paradigma
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Cristina Piccinino, Ailia Giubertoni, Jacopo Zanaboni, Miriam Gravellone, Daniele Sola, Roberta Rosso, Lorena Ferrarotti, Paolo Nicola Marino
AIMS: Increased right atrial size is related to adverse prognosis in pulmonary hypertension. The potential incremental value of right atrial function assessment is still unclear. We tested the relationship between right atrial two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography impairment and hemodynamic, functional and clinical deterioration in patients with pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 36 patients (27 female, 9 male; mean age 68 ± 13 years) with suspected pulmonary hypertension undergoing right heart catheterization and 16 matched controls...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650777/a-transdiagnostic-examination-of-decreased-intolerance-of-uncertainty-and-treatment-outcome
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Kimberly Stevens, Travis Rogers, Moselle Campbell, Thröstur Björgvinsson, Sarah Kertz
Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) is characterized by negative beliefs and reactions to uncertainty. IU is present in emotional disorders and may be a mechanism of change in treatment . There are two components of IU, prospective and inhibitory IU, that may be differentially associated with outcome. The current study tested associations between pre- and post-treatment changes in the components of IU, symptoms of anxiety and depression, and treatment outcome in a large diagnostically heterogeneous partial hospital sample...
June 26, 2017: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650514/automatic-segmentation-of-the-spine-by-means-of-a-probabilistic-atlas-with-a-special-focus-on-ribs-suppression
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Silvia Ruiz-España, Juan Domingo, Antonio Díaz-Parra, Esther Dura, Víctor D'Ocón-Alcañiz, Estanislao Arana, David Moratal
PURPOSE: The development of automatic and reliable algorithms for the detection and segmentation of the vertebrae are of great importance prior to any diagnostic task. However, an important problem found to accurately segment the vertebrae is the presence of the ribs in the thoracic region. To overcome this problem, a probabilistic atlas of the spine has been developed dealing with the proximity of other structures, with a special focus on ribs suppression. METHODS: The data sets used consist of Computed Tomography images corresponding to 21 patients suffering from spinal metastases...
June 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650483/disease-model-discovery-from-3-328-gene-knockouts-by-the-international-mouse-phenotyping-consortium
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Terrence F Meehan, Nathalie Conte, David B West, Julius O Jacobsen, Jeremy Mason, Jonathan Warren, Chao-Kung Chen, Ilinca Tudose, Mike Relac, Peter Matthews, Natasha Karp, Luis Santos, Tanja Fiegel, Natalie Ring, Henrik Westerberg, Simon Greenaway, Duncan Sneddon, Hugh Morgan, Gemma F Codner, Michelle E Stewart, James Brown, Neil Horner, Melissa Haendel, Nicole Washington, Christopher J Mungall, Corey L Reynolds, Juan Gallegos, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Tania Sorg, Guillaume Pavlovic, Lynette R Bower, Mark Moore, Iva Morse, Xiang Gao, Glauco P Tocchini-Valentini, Yuichi Obata, Soo Young Cho, Je Kyung Seong, John Seavitt, Arthur L Beaudet, Mary E Dickinson, Yann Herault, Wolfgang Wurst, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, K C Kent Lloyd, Ann M Flenniken, Lauryl M J Nutter, Susan Newbigging, Colin McKerlie, Monica J Justice, Stephen A Murray, Karen L Svenson, Robert E Braun, Jacqueline K White, Allan Bradley, Paul Flicek, Sara Wells, William C Skarnes, David J Adams, Helen Parkinson, Ann-Marie Mallon, Steve D M Brown, Damian Smedley
Although next-generation sequencing has revolutionized the ability to associate variants with human diseases, diagnostic rates and development of new therapies are still limited by a lack of knowledge of the functions and pathobiological mechanisms of most genes. To address this challenge, the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium is creating a genome- and phenome-wide catalog of gene function by characterizing new knockout-mouse strains across diverse biological systems through a broad set of standardized phenotyping tests...
June 26, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649914/characterizing-time-to-diagnostic-resolution-after-an-abnormal-cancer-screening-exam-in-older-adult-participants-in-the-ohio-patient-navigation-research-program
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Jennifer M DeSalvo, Gregory S Young, Jessica L Krok-Schoen, Electra D Paskett
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to test the effectiveness of a patient navigation (PN) intervention to reduce time to diagnostic resolution among older adults age ≥65 years versus those <65 years with abnormal breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer screening exams participating in the Ohio Patient Navigation Research Program (OPNRP). METHOD: The OPNRP utilized a nested cohort group-randomized trial design to randomize 862 participants ( n = 67 for ≥65 years; n = 795 for <65 years) to PN or usual care conditions...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649724/evaluation-of-the-uriscan-2-acr-strip-to-estimate-the-urine-albumin-creatinine-ratios
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Sangeun Lim, Hui-Jin Yu, Seungjun Lee, Hyosoon Park, Min-Jung Kwon, Hee-Yeon Woo
BACKGROUND: The urine albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) test is used to screen patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases that put them at an increased risk of developing kidney disease. Here, we evaluated the performance of the URiSCAN 2 ACR Strip (URiSCAN; YD diagnostics, Yongin, Korea), a semiquantitative point-of-care testing (POCT) assay, and we compared to an existing POCT assay and a quantitative assay. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 1,020 random urine specimens were analyzed using the semiquantitative URiSCAN 2 ACR Strip and semiquantitative CLINITEK Microalbumin 2 Strip (CLINITEK; Siemens, New York, USA)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649564/primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-an-update-on-clinical-aspects-genetics-diagnosis-and-future-treatment-strategies
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REVIEW
Virginia Mirra, Claudius Werner, Francesca Santamaria
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is an orphan disease (MIM 244400), autosomal recessive inherited, characterized by motile ciliary dysfunction. The estimated prevalence of PCD is 1:10,000 to 1:20,000 live-born children, but true prevalence could be even higher. PCD is characterized by chronic upper and lower respiratory tract disease, infertility/ectopic pregnancy, and situs anomalies, that occur in ≈50% of PCD patients (Kartagener syndrome), and these may be associated with congenital heart abnormalities...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649394/functional-neuroimaging-and-chorea-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Debra J Ehrlich, Ruth H Walker
Chorea is a hyperkinetic movement disorder consisting of involuntary irregular, flowing movements of the trunk, neck or face. Although Huntington's disease is the most common cause of chorea in adults, chorea can also result from many other neurodegenerative, metabolic, and autoimmune conditions. While the pathophysiology of these different conditions is quite variable, recent advances in functional imaging have enabled the development of new methods for analysis of brain activity and neuronal dysfunction. In this paper we review the growing body of functional imaging data that has been performed in chorea syndromes and identify particular trends, which can be used to better understand the underlying network changes within the basal ganglia...
2017: Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649273/high-burden-of-malaria-and-anemia-among-tribal-pregnant-women-in-a-chronic-conflict-corridor-in-india
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Gustavo Corrêa, Mrinalini Das, Rama Kovelamudi, Nagendra Jaladi, Charlotte Pignon, Kalyan Vysyaraju, Usha Yedla, Vijya Laxmi, Pavani Vemula, Vijaya Gowthami, Hemant Sharma, Daniel Remartinez, Stobdan Kalon, Kirrily de Polnay, Martin De Smet, Petros Isaakidis
BACKGROUND: With more than 200 million cases a year, malaria is an important global health concern, especially among pregnant women. The forested tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Chhattisgarh in India are affected by malaria and by an on-going chronic conflict which seriously limits access to health care. The burden of malaria and anemia among pregnant women in these areas is unknown; moreover there are no specific recommendations for pregnant women in the Indian national malaria policy...
2017: Conflict and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649159/initial-simulated-ffr-investigation-using-flow-measurements-in-patient-specific-3d-printed-coronary-phantoms
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Lauren Shepard, Kelsey Sommer, Richard Izzo, Alexander Podgorsak, Michael Wilson, Zaid Said, Frank J Rybicki, Dimitrios Mitsouras, Stephen Rudin, Erin Angel, Ciprian N Ionita
PURPOSE: Accurate patient-specific phantoms for device testing or endovascular treatment planning can be 3D printed. We expand the applicability of this approach for cardiovascular disease, in particular, for CT-geometry derived benchtop measurements of Fractional Flow Reserve, the reference standard for determination of significant individual coronary artery atherosclerotic lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) images during a single heartbeat were acquired with a 320×0...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649034/electrohysterography-for-uterine-monitoring-during-term-labour-compared-to-external-tocodynamometry-and-intra-uterine-pressure-catheter
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Marion W C Vlemminx, Kirsten M J Thijssen, Galin I Bajlekov, Jeanne P Dieleman, M Beatrijs Van Der Hout-Van Der Jagt, S Guid Oei
OBJECTIVE: Current uterine monitoring techniques have major drawbacks that could be avoided when using electrohysterography for uterine monitoring. Recently, a new electrohysterography method has been developed, providing a real-time tocogram on standard cardiotocography monitors. The diagnostic characteristics of this novel method need to be determined and compared to conventional methods We hypothesised that electrohysterography can perform better than external tocodynamometry due to the adhesive properties of the contact electrodes (less motion sensitive), and the improved signal acquisition through subcutaneous tissue (less obesity sensitive)...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649019/a-preliminary-study-for-the-production-of-high-specific-activity-radionuclides-for-nuclear-medicine-obtained-with-the-isotope-separation-on-line-technique
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F Borgna, M Ballan, S Corradetti, E Vettorato, A Monetti, M Rossignoli, M Manzolaro, D Scarpa, U Mazzi, N Realdon, A Andrighetto
Radiopharmaceuticals represent a fundamental tool for nuclear medicine procedures, both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The present work aims to explore the Isotope Separation On-Line (ISOL) technique for the production of carrier-free radionuclides for nuclear medicine at SPES, a nuclear physics facility under construction at INFN-LNL. Stable ion beams of strontium, yttrium and iodine were produced using the SPES test bench (Front-End) to simulate the production of (89)Sr, (90)Y, (125)I and (131)I and collected with good efficiency on suitable targets...
June 17, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648946/end-of-therapy-minimal-residual-disease-mrd-measurement-in-children-with-all-does-not-predict-relapse
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Tahani Hani Sarrawi, Ismael Zayyat, Fareed Barakat, Maha Rezeq, Salam Abu Jmaian, Faris Madanat
Minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring opened a new era for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and is widely used for risk adapted therapy in the major study groups (Borowitz et al. 2015; Eckert et al., 2015; Peregud-Pogorzelsk et al., 2003). MRD is measured either by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or flow cytometry (FCM) (Campana, 2009). Most studies have concentrated on measuring MRD during or at end of induction, and after consolidation therapy, to stratify patients and to predict relapse (Sutton et al...
June 17, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648936/diagnostic-pathology-of-alzheimer-s-disease-from-routine-microscopy-to-immunohistochemistry-and-experimental-correlations
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Gerard Nuovo, Bernard Paniccia, Louisa Mezache, Maria Quiñónez, James Williams, Paige Vandiver, Paolo Fadda, Vicky Amann
The absence of any histologic correlate for Alzheimer's disease despite its commonness and severe clinical sequelae may offers clues to its etiology. Recent evidence strongly suggests that the central event of this disease is the hyperphosphorylation of neuronal tau protein and not the beta amyloid precipitates. In each case, essential and soluble neuronal proteins derivatives form insoluble aggregates that can readily be detected by immunohistochemistry using antibodies specific for the misfolded proteins...
June 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648760/corneal-endothelial-cells-activate-innate-and-acquired-arm-of-anti-viral-responses-after-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Dai Miyazaki, Ryu Uotani, Michiko Inoue, Tomoko Haruki, Yumiko Shimizu, Keiko Yakura, Satoru Yamagami, Tatsuo Suzutani, Mayumi Hosogai, Hiroki Isomura, Yoshitsugu Inoue
Infection of the corneal endothelial cells by human cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an important cause of corneal endotheliitis. CMV endotheliitis is difficult to completely cure and relapses are frequent. This can cause blinding corneal bullous keratopathy. However, the pathogenesis of CMV endotheliitis remains undetermined. To understand the immunopathology of endotheliitis, we examined how corneal endothelial cells prime the anti-viral immunity after CMV infection based on global transcriptional responses. To accomplish this, human corneal endothelial (HCEn) cells were infected with CMV, and the global transcriptional responses were determined by microarray analyses for primary anti-viral responses using network analysis...
June 22, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
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