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Parnian Ahmadi Moghaddam, Kristine M Cornejo, Lloyd Hutchinson, Keith Tomaszewicz, Karen Dresser, April Deng, Patrick OʼDonnell
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare primary cutaneous neuroendocrine tumor that typically occurs on the head and neck of the elderly and follows an aggressive clinical course. Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) has been identified in up to 80% of cases and has been shown to participate in MCC tumorigenesis. Complete spontaneous regression of MCC has been rarely reported in the literature. We describe a case of a 79-year-old man that presented with a rapidly growing, 3-cm mass on the left jaw. An incisional biopsy revealed MCC...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Karen Duis, Anja Coors
Due to the widespread use and durability of synthetic polymers, plastic debris occurs in the environment worldwide. In the present work, information on sources and fate of microplastic particles in the aquatic and terrestrial environment, and on their uptake and effects, mainly in aquatic organisms, is reviewed. Microplastics in the environment originate from a variety of sources. Quantitative information on the relevance of these sources is generally lacking, but first estimates indicate that abrasion and fragmentation of larger plastic items and materials containing synthetic polymers are likely to be most relevant...
2016: Environmental Sciences Europe
Mukundh N Balasubramanian, Nejc Rački, José Gonçalves, Katarina Kovač, Magda T Žnidarič, Valentina Turk, Maja Ravnikar, Ion Gutiérrez-Aguirre
Currently, around 50% of the world's population lives in towns and cities within 100 km of the coast. Monitoring of viruses that are frequently present in contaminated coastal environments, such as rotavirus (RoV) and norovirus (NoV), which are also the major cause of human viral gastroenteritis, is essential to ensure the safe use of these water bodies. Since exposure to as few as 10-100 particles of RoV or NoV may induce gastrointestinal disease, there is a need to develop a rapid and sensitive diagnostic method for their detection in coastal water samples...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
Qing-Hua Liu, Sixto Arias, Ko-Pen Wang
The invaluable role of transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) in the diagnosis and staging of mediastinal adenopathy and lung cancer has been well established. Different lymph nodes regional nomenclatures and maps had been described over the years. The international association for the study of lung cancer (IASLC) and Wang's maps complement each other benefiting patients with lung cancer. In this article we briefly reviewed the roles of IALSC, Wang's maps and ROSE in TBNA.
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Jennifer K Roe, Niclas Thomas, Eliza Gil, Katharine Best, Evdokia Tsaliki, Stephen Morris-Jones, Sian Stafford, Nandi Simpson, Karolina D Witt, Benjamin Chain, Robert F Miller, Adrian Martineau, Mahdad Noursadeghi
BACKGROUND. Novel rapid diagnostics for active tuberculosis (TB) are required to overcome the time delays and inadequate sensitivity of current microbiological tests that are critically dependent on sampling the site of disease. Multiparametric blood transcriptomic signatures of TB have been described as potential diagnostic tests. We sought to identify the best transcript candidates as host biomarkers for active TB, extend the evaluation of their specificity by comparison with other infectious diseases, and to test their performance in both pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Frank J Byrne, Matthew P Daugherty, Elizabeth E Grafton-Cardwell, James A Bethke, Joseph G Morse
BACKGROUND: Studies were conducted to evaluate uptake and retention of 3 systemic neonicotinoid insecticides, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, in potted citrus nursery plants treated at standard label rates. Infestation of these plants placed at a field site with moderate levels of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) was monitored for 14 weeks following treatments and insecticide residues in leaf tissue were quantified using ELISA. Bioassays were conducted using leaves harvested on various dates post-treatment to compare the efficacies of residues against adult ACP...
October 7, 2016: Pest Management Science
Mukesh Meena, Andleeb Zehra, Manish K Dubey, Mohd Aamir, Vijai K Gupta, Ram S Upadhyay
In the present study, we have evaluated the comparative biochemical defense response generated against Alternaria alternata and its purified toxins viz. alternariol (AOH), alternariol monomethyl ether (AME), and tenuazonic acid (TeA). The necrotic lesions developed due to treatment with toxins were almost similar as those produced by the pathogen, indicating the crucial role of these toxins in plant pathogenesis. An oxidative burst reaction characterized by the rapid and transient production of a large amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS) occurs following the pathogen infection/toxin exposure...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Yan Zhang, Angelo Keramidas, Joseph W Lynch
Zn(2+) is concentrated into presynaptic vesicles at many central synapses and is released into the synaptic cleft by nerve terminal stimulation. There is strong evidence that synaptically released Zn(2+) modulates glutamatergic neurotransmission, although there is debate concerning the peak concentration it reaches in the synaptic cleft. Glycine receptors (GlyRs), which mediate inhibitory neurotransmission in the spinal cord and brainstem, are potentiated by low nanomolar Zn(2+) and inhibited by micromolar Zn(2+)...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
C L Amundson, N J Traub, A J Smith-Herron, P L Flint
Climate change is occurring rapidly at high latitudes, and subsequent changes in parasite communities may have implications for hosts including wildlife and humans. Waterfowl, in particular, harbor numerous parasites and may facilitate parasite movement across broad geographic areas due to migratory movements. However, little is known about helminth community structure of waterfowl at northern latitudes. We investigated the helminth communities of two avian herbivores that breed at high latitudes, Pacific black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans), and greater white-fronted geese (Anser albifrons), to examine effects of species, geographic area, age, and sex on helminth species richness, aggregation, prevalence, and intensity...
December 2016: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
Kevin Gipson, Ryan Avery, Heena Shah, Derek Pepiak, Rodolfo E Bégué, John Malone, Luke A Wall
Löffler syndrome, a fulminant eosinophilic pneumonitis associated with the larval migratory phase of human parasites, is rarely reported in the United States. A previously healthy 8-year-old male was hospitalized with tachypnea, cough, hypoxemia, and fever of one week's duration. History revealed exposure to pigs on his family's farm in southernmost Louisiana, where the patient was responsible for cleaning the farm's pigpens. His fingernails were soiled and extremely short, with the edge of the nail bed exposed secondary to onychophagia...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Mélanie Flaender, Guillaume Costa, Guillaume Nonglaton, Christine Saint-Pierre, Didier Gasparutto
DNA is under continuous assault by environmental and endogenous reactive oxygen and alkylating species, inducing the formation of mutagenic, toxic and genome destabilizing nucleobase lesions. Due to the implications of such genetic alterations in cell death, aging, inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer, many efforts have been devoted to developing assays that aim at analyzing DNA repair activities from purified enzymes or cell extracts. The present work deals with the conception and application of a new, miniaturized and parallelized on surface-DNA biosensor to measure base excision repair (BER) activities...
September 22, 2016: Analyst
Catherine Gutierrez, Rachel A Lindor, Olesya Baker, David Cutler, Jeremiah D Schuur
Freestanding emergency departments (EDs), which offer emergency medical care at sites separate from hospitals, are a rapidly growing alternative to traditional hospital-based EDs. We evaluated state regulations of freestanding EDs and describe their effect on the EDs' location, staffing, and services. As of December 2015, thirty-two states collectively had 400 freestanding EDs. Twenty-one states had regulations that allowed freestanding EDs, and twenty-nine states did not have regulations that applied specifically to such EDs (one state had hospital regulations that precluded them)...
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
Adam Bobkiewicz, Adam Studniarek, Lukasz Krokowicz, Krzysztof Szmyt, Maciej Borejsza-Wysocki, Jacek Szmeja, Ryszard Marciniak, Michal Drews, Tomasz Banasiewicz
PURPOSE: Biofragmentable anastomosis ring (BAR) is an alternative to manual and stapled anastomoses performed within the upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of BAR utility for bowel anastomoses based on our own material. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed to a total of 203 patients who underwent bowel surgery with the use of BAR anastomosis within upper and lower gastrointestinal tract between 2004 and 2014...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Sarah M Burnett, Martin K Mbonye, Robert Martin, Allan Ronald, Stella Zawedde-Muyanja, Kelly S Willis, Robert Colebunders, Yukari C Manabe, Marcia R Weaver
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of on-site support in improving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) rapid testing, tuberculosis (TB) sputum microscopy, and malaria microscopy among laboratory staff in a low-resource setting. METHODS: This cluster randomized trial was conducted at 36 health facilities in Uganda. From April to December 2010, laboratory staff at 18 facilities participated in monthly on-site visits, and 18 served as control facilities. After intervention, 128 laboratory staff were observed performing 587 laboratory tests across three diseases: HIV rapid testing, TB sputum microscopy, and malaria microscopy...
October 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
T Ott, I Schmidtmann, T Limbach, P F Gottschling, H Buggenhagen, S Kurz, G Pestel
BACKGROUND: Simulation-based training (SBT) has developed into an established method of medical training. Studies focusing on the education of medical students have used simulation as an evaluation tool for defined skills. A small number of studies provide evidence that SBT improves medical students' skills in the clinical setting. Moreover, they were strictly limited to a few areas, such as the diagnosis of heart murmurs or the correct application of cricoid pressure. Other studies could not prove adequate transferability from the skills gained in SBT to the patient site...
September 27, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
Liliana Fernandez, Luz F Sua, Juliana Escobar, Liliana Leon, Mauricio Velasquez, Fernando Sanabria, William Martinez, Leidys Gutiérrez
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October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Tomoki Nishimura, Maxym Alexandrov, Takenori Ishida, Ryuichi Hirota, Takeshi Ikeda, Kiyoshi Sekiguchi, Akio Kuroda
Considering the increasing use of various asbestos substitutes, asbestos risk management in many industries may require accurate techniques for detecting and distinguishing asbestos from non-asbestos fibers. Using fluorescently labeled asbestos-binding proteins, we previously developed a novel method for detection and counting of asbestos fibers under fluorescence microscopy (FM). This method can provide speedy, on-site detection and identification of the asbestos fibers and has higher sensitivity than phase contrast microscopy (PCM)...
September 26, 2016: Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Juergen Biederer, Yoshiharu Ohno, Hiroto Hatabu, Mark L Schiebler, Edwin J R van Beek, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor
While the inauguration of national low dose computed tomographic (LDCT) lung cancer screening programs has started in the USA, other countries remain undecided, awaiting the results of ongoing trials. The continuous technical development achieved by stronger gradients, parallel imaging and shorter echo time has made lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) an interesting alternative to CT. For the detection of solid lesions with lung MRI, experimental and clinical studies have shown a threshold size of 3-4mm for nodules, with detection rates of 60-90% for lesions of 5-8mm and close to 100% for lesions of 8mm or larger...
September 16, 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Loreana Gallo, Verónica Bucalá, María Verónica Ramírez-Rigo
Sodium cromoglycate (SC) is an antiasthmatic and antiallergenic drug commonly used for chronic inhalation therapy; however, many daily intakes are required due to the fast drug clearance from airways. For these reasons, SC polymeric particles for inhalatory administration with adequate aerosolization and mucoadhesive properties were designed to prolong the drug residence time in the site of action. Sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMCNa), sodium hyaluronate, and sodium alginate were selected to co-process SC by spray drying...
September 22, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
J Dušková, T Krechler, M Dvořák
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and the learning curve of the endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy (EUS-FNAB) diagnostics of pancreatic lesions over 8 years (2007-2014). MATERIAL AND METHODS: EUS-FNAB using a Linear Echoendoscope Olympus was performed in 531 patients, mostly without rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE). Smears plus cytoblock sections were used routinely. Immunocytochemistry was utilised as indicated. RESULTS: The average, satisfactory sampling rate increased from the 61...
September 23, 2016: Cytopathology: Official Journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
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