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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334805/hair-testing-for-drugs-of-abuse-and-new-psychoactive-substances-in-a-high-risk-population
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Alberto Salomone, Joseph J Palamar, Enrico Gerace, Daniele Di Corcia, Marco Vincenti
Hundreds of new psychoactive substances (NPS) have emerged in the drug market over the last decade. Few drug surveys in the USA, however, ask about use of NPS, so prevalence and correlates of use are largely unknown. A large portion of NPS use is unintentional or unknown as NPS are common adulterants in drugs like ecstasy/Molly, and most NPS are rapidly eliminated from the body, limiting efficacy of urine, blood and saliva testing. We utilized a novel method of examining prevalence of NPS use in a high-risk population utilizing hair-testing...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334792/gwas-identifies-population-specific-new-regulatory-variants-in-fut6-associated-with-plasma-b12-concentrations-in-indians
#2
Suraj S Nongmaithem, Charudatta V Joglekar, Ghattu V Krishnaveni, Sirazul A Sahariah, Meraj Ahmad, Swetha Ramachandran, Meera Gandhi, Harsha Chopra, Anand Pandit, Ramesh D Potdar, Caroline Hd Fall, Chittaranjan S Yajnik, Giriraj R Chandak
Vitamin B12 is an important cofactor in one-carbon metabolism whose dysregulation is associated with various clinical conditions. Indians have a high prevalence of B12 deficiency but little is known about the genetic determinants of circulating B12 concentrations in Indians. We performed a genome-wide association study in 1001 healthy participants in the Pune Maternal Nutrition Study (PMNS), replication studies in 3418 individuals from other Indian cohorts and by meta-analysis identified new variants, rs3760775 (p = 1...
February 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333952/adjuvant-treatment-with-the-bacterial-lysate-om-85-improves-management-of-atopic-dermatitis-a-randomized-study
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Christine Bodemer, Gerard Guillet, Frederic Cambazard, Franck Boralevi, Stefania Ballarini, Christian Milliet, Paola Bertuccio, Carlo La Vecchia, Jean-François Bach, Yves de Prost
BACKGROUND: Environmental factors play a major role on atopic dermatitis (AD) which shows a constant rise in prevalence in western countries over the last decades. The Hygiene Hypothesis suggesting an inverse relationship between incidence of infections and the increase in atopic diseases in these countries, is one of the working hypothesis proposed to explain this trend. OBJECTIVE: This study tested the efficacy and safety of oral administration of the bacterial lysate OM-85 (Broncho-Vaxom®, Broncho-Munal®, Ommunal®, Paxoral®, Vaxoral®), in the treatment of established AD in children...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333950/drug-resistant-hiv-behaviors-and-characteristics-among-los-angeles-men-who-have-sex-with-men-with-new-hiv-diagnosis
#4
Pamina M Gorbach, Marjan Javanbakht, Lorelei Bornfleth, Robert K Bolan, Martha Lewis Blum
Epidemiology of drug resistant HIV has focused on trends and less attention has been given to identification of factors, especially behaviors including substance use, in acquisition of drug-resistant HIV. From 2009 to 2012 The Metromates Study enrolled and followed for one year men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking testing for HIV in a community clinic in Los Angeles assessing those testing positive for acute and recent HIV infection. Behavioral data were collected via Computer-Assisted Self-Interview from 125 classified as newly HIV infected and 91 as chronically infected (newly HIV-diagnosed); specimens were available and viable for resistance testing for 154 of the 216 HIV positives with new diagnoses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333232/prevalence-of-hiv-1-drug-resistance-in-treated-patients-with-viral-load-50%C3%A2-copies-ml-a-2014-french-nationwide-study
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L Assoumou, C Charpentier, P Recordon-Pinson, M Grudé, C Pallier, L Morand-Joubert, S Fafi-Kremer, A Krivine, B Montes, V Ferré, M Bouvier-Alias, J-C Plantier, J Izopet, M-A Trabaud, S Yerly, J Dufayard, C Alloui, L Courdavault, H Le Guillou-Guillemette, A Maillard, C Amiel, A Vabret, C Roussel, S Vallet, J Guinard, A Mirand, A Beby-Defaux, F Barin, A Allardet-Servent, R Ait-Namane, M Wirden, C Delaugerre, V Calvez, M-L Chaix, D Descamps, S Reigadas
Background: Surveillance of HIV-1 resistance in treated patients with a detectable viral load (VL) is important to monitor, in order to assess the risk of spread of resistant viruses and to determine the proportion of patients who need new antiretroviral drugs with minimal cross-resistance. Methods: The HIV-1 protease and reverse transcriptase (RT) and integrase genes were sequenced in plasma samples from 782 consecutive patients on failing antiretroviral regimens, seen in 37 specialized centres in 2014...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332275/thyroid-dysfunction-in-patients-with-down-syndrome-results-from-a-multi-institutional-registry-study
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Jenifer Lavigne, Christianne Sharr, Ibrahim Elsharkawi, Al Ozonoff, Nicole Baumer, Campbell Brasington, Sheila Cannon, Blythe Crissman, Emily Davidson, Jose C Florez, Priya Kishnani, Angela Lombardo, Jordan Lyerly, Mary Ellen McDonough, Alison Schwartz, Kathryn Berrier, Susan Sparks, Kara Stock-Guild, Tomi L Toler, Kishore Vellody, Lauren Voelz, Brian G Skotko
The goals of this undertaking were to assess the outcomes of thyroid screening tests and adherence to thyroid screening guidelines across five Down syndrome (DS) specialty clinics in various states. Data related to thyroid screening were collected for 663 individuals across five clinics specializing in the comprehensive care of individuals with DS for a period of 1 year. Of the 663 participants, 47.7% of participants had a TSH and free T4 ordered at their DS specialty clinic visit. Approximately 19.0% (60/316) had a new thyroid disorder diagnosis made...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331987/hypertension-up-to-date-sprint-to-spyral
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REVIEW
Saarraaken Kulenthiran, Sebastian Ewen, Michael Böhm, Felix Mahfoud
Hypertension is the most common chronic cardiovascular condition with increasing prevalence all over the world. Treatment of patients at risk requires a multimodal therapeutic concept to adjust blood pressure, including systematic identification of secondary causes of hypertension or pseudo-resistance, lifestyle modification, polypharmacy, and as well as accompanying risk factors and comorbidities. The present review discusses recent studies on patients with increased cardiovascular risk potentially influencing future treatment strategies...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331352/skin-disorders-in-parkinson-s-disease-potential-biomarkers-and-risk-factors
#8
REVIEW
Astrid-Helene Ravn, Jacob P Thyssen, Alexander Egeberg
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders, characterized by a symptom triad comprising resting tremor, rigidity, and akinesia. In addition, non-motor symptoms of PD are well recognized and often precede the overt motor manifestations. Cutaneous manifestations as markers of PD have long been discussed, and cumulative evidence shows an increased prevalence of certain dermatological disorders in PD. Seborrheic dermatitis is considered to occur as a premotor feature of PD referable to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331348/molecular-detection-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-among-smear-positive-pulmonary-tuberculosis-patients-in-jigjiga-town-ethiopia
#9
Mussie Brhane, Ameha Kebede, Yohannes Petros
BACKGROUND: Molecular methods that target drug resistance mutations are suitable approaches for rapid drug susceptibility testing to detect multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The aim of the study was to determine MDR-TB cases and to analyze the frequency of gene mutations associated with rifampicin (RIF) and/or isoniazid (INH) resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis among smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis patients. METHODS: Institution-based cross-sectional study design was employed...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331324/update-on-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-psychosis-role-of-pimavanserin
#10
REVIEW
Brianna L Combs, Arthur G Cox
Parkinson's disease (PD) has a prevalence of nearly 1 million people in the USA, with increasing incidence in the elderly population. Generally, the age of presentation is between 55 and 65 years, with the likelihood of diagnosis increasing as patients reach the age of 80 years or above. Some of the common treatments for PD increase dopamine levels in the brain. Dopaminergic therapy helps to improve motor and non-motor symptoms, but it is not without risks. Dopaminergic therapy can cause confusion, delirium, and psychotic-like behavior...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331263/clinical-profile-of-surgical-diseases-with-emergence-of-new-problems-in-hiv-individuals
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Tejaswini Vallabha, Mandar Dhamangaonkar, Vikram Sindgikar, Ravindra Nidoni, Harshavardhan Biradar, Aniketan Kv, Ramakant Baloorkar
North Karnataka is one of the regions with the high prevalence of HIV+ individuals. Bijapur is a district in North Karnataka with high prevalence as per fact sheets of NACO of March 2012. Better awareness, access to health care, and antiretroviral therapy have improved survival and increase in number of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA). Improved survival has increased their attendance to hospitals with variety of surgical problems, some known and some less known. The percentage of HIV+ individuals was 1.64 % among all admissions...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331111/longitudinal-monitoring-of-tree-airborne-pollen-in-japan
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Reiko Kishikawa, Eiko Kotoh, Chie Oshikawa, Nobuo Soh, Terufumi Shimoda, Akemi Saito, Norio Sahashi, Tadao Enomoto, Atsushi Usami, Hidetoyo Teranishi, Yohko Fujisaki, Toshitaka Yokoyama, Kohji Murayama, Tohru Imai, Yuma Fukutomi, Masami Taniguchi, Tomoaki Iwanaga
RATIONAL: In Japan patients with Japanese Cedar (JC) pollinosis have increased nation widely since the latter of 1970's. The Ministry of Health and Welfare of Japanese Governments has begun to take preventive measures against JC pollinosis and airborne pollen monitoring has begun to investigate as a causative agent since 1986. We have estimated the longitudinal investigation result for successful prevention and treatment against pollinosis in Japan. METHOD: We have monitored airborne pollen all year around since July 1986 by gravitational pollen sampler, Durham's sampler, at more than 20 locations in the Japanese Islands...
2017: Arerugī, [Allergy]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330821/beyond-precision-surgery-molecularly-motivated-precision-care-for-gastric-cancer
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REVIEW
Y Y Choi, J-H Cheong
Gastric cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Despite the high disease prevalence, gastric cancer research has not gained much attention. Recently, genome-scale technology has made it possible to explore the characteristics of gastric cancer at the molecular level. Accordingly, gastric cancer can be classified into molecular subtypes that convey more detailed information of tumor than histopathological characteristics, and these subtypes are associated with clinical outcomes...
March 1, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330690/subclinical-leaflet-thrombosis-in-surgical-and-transcatheter-bioprosthetic-aortic-valves-an-observational-study
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Tarun Chakravarty, Lars Søndergaard, John Friedman, Ole De Backer, Daniel Berman, Klaus F Kofoed, Hasan Jilaihawi, Takahiro Shiota, Yigal Abramowitz, Troels H Jørgensen, Tanya Rami, Sharjeel Israr, Gregory Fontana, Martina de Knegt, Andreas Fuchs, Patrick Lyden, Alfredo Trento, Deepak L Bhatt, Martin B Leon, Raj R Makkar
BACKGROUND: Subclinical leaflet thrombosis of bioprosthetic aortic valves after transcatheter valve replacement (TAVR) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) has been found with CT imaging. The objective of this study was to report the prevalence of subclinical leaflet thrombosis in surgical and transcatheter aortic valves and the effect of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) on the subclinical leaflet thrombosis and subsequent valve haemodynamics and clinical outcomes on the basis of two registries of patients who had CT imaging done after TAVR or SAVR...
March 19, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330670/layered-fibrotic-plaques-are-the-predominant-component-in-cardiac-allograft-vasculopathy-systematic-findings-and-risk-stratification-by-oct
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Tor Skibsted Clemmensen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Hans Eiskjær, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Evald Høj Christiansen, Jouke Dijkstra, Trine Ørhøj Barkholt, Christian Juhl Terkelsen, Michael Maeng, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to characterize cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) phenotypes using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to evaluate the prognostic significance of OCT-determined CAV severity. BACKGROUND: Intravascular OCT enables in vivo characterization of CAV microstructure after heart transplantation. METHODS: Sixty-two patients undergoing heart transplantation were enrolled at routine angiography from September 2013 through October 2015 and prospectively followed until censoring on May 27, 2016...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330563/characterization-of-the-endosperm-starch-and-the-pleiotropic-effects-of-biosynthetic-enzymes-on-their-properties-in-novel-mutant-rice-lines-with-high-resistant-starch-and-amylose-content
#16
Yuuki Itoh, Naoko Crofts, Misato Abe, Yuko Hosaka, Naoko Fujita
Resistant starch (RS) is beneficial to human health. In order to reduce the current prevalence of diabetes and obesity, several transgenic and mutant crops containing high RS content are being developed. RS content of steamed rice with starch-branching enzyme (BE)IIb-deficient mutant endosperms is considerably high. To understand the mechanisms of RS synthesis and to increase RS content, we developed novel mutant rice lines by introducing the gene encoding starch synthase (SS)IIa and/or granule-bound starch synthase (GBSS)I from an indica rice cultivar into a japonica rice-based BEIIb-deficient mutant line, be2b...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330453/a-systematic-review-of-primary-care-models-for-non-communicable-disease-interventions-in-sub-saharan-africa
#17
Jennifer Kane, Megan Landes, Christopher Carroll, Amy Nolen, Sumeet Sodhi
BACKGROUND: Chronic diseases, primarily cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where communicable disease prevalence still outweighs that of non-communicable disease (NCDs), rates of NCDs are rapidly rising and evidence for primary healthcare approaches for these emerging NCDs is needed. METHODS: A systematic review and evidence synthesis of primary care approaches for chronic disease in SSA...
March 23, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329944/-evolutionary-characteristics-and-positive-selection-site-of-hepatitis-c-virus-isolated-in-intravenous-drug-users-in-pudong-new-district-shanghai
#18
Y Wang, H Y Wu, X C Zhao, W P Zhu, Q Wan, Y H Lu, Q W Jiang
Objective: To understand the genotypes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) circulating in intravenous drug users (IDUs) in Pudong new district, Shanghai, and explore the population growth and selection pressure of the HCV strains isolated. Methods: A total of 200 serum specimens sampled from IDUs in local methadone maintenance treatment clinic in Pudong were used for amplification of a HCV NS5B 377-nt partial sequence. Mean evolutionary rate and effective number of infections were estimated based on the 377-nt partial sequences of the HCV strains isolated from IDUs and isolated contemporarily from local voluntary blood donors, men who have sex with men and reported hepatitis C cases by using BEAST software...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329782/theories-of-memory-and-aging-a-look-at-the-past-and-a-glimpse-of-the-future
#19
Denise C Park, Sara B Festini
The present article reviews theories of memory and aging over the past 50 years. Particularly notable is a progression from early single-mechanism perspectives to complex multifactorial models proposed to account for commonly observed age deficits in memory function. The seminal mechanistic theories of processing speed, limited resources, and inhibitory deficits are discussed and viewed as especially important theories for understanding age-related memory decline. Additionally, advances in multivariate techniques including structural equation modeling provided new tools that led to the development of more complex multifactorial theories than existed earlier...
June 2, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329636/correlation-between-cancer-incidences-and-google-searches-in-the-united-states
#20
Mackenzie R Wehner, Kevin T Nead, Eleni Linos
IntroductionDespite being highly prevalent, keratinocyte carcinomas (basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas lack nationwide registries. Internet search data has emerged as a new method to evaluate previously difficult to quantify public health outcomes and may be useful in keratinocyte carcinoma research.ObjectiveWe aimed to evaluate whether Google search density correlated with known incidences of common cancers in the United States.MethodsWe used the Center for Disease Control's National Program of Cancer Registries ageTadjusted cancer incidences (2008T2012 ...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
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