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Sandra Frugis, Nicolau Gregori Czeczko, Osvaldo Malafaia, Artur Adolfo Parada, Paula Bechara Poletti, Thiago Festa Secchi, Matheus Degiovani, Alécio Rampanazzo-Neto, Mariza D D Agostino
Background: Helicobacter pylori has been extensively studied since 1982 it is estimated that 50% of the world population is affected. The literature lacks studies that show the change of its prevalence in the same population over time. Aim: To compare the prevalence of H. pylori in 10 years interval in a population that was submitted to upper endoscopy in the same endoscopy service. Method: Observational, retrospective and cross-sectional study comparing the prevalence of H...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Joshua D Billings, Dvora L Joseph Davey, Kelika A Konda, Claire C Bristow, Jeremy Chow, Jeffrey D Klausner, Carlos F Cáceres
The aim of the study was to identify factors associated with undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) and male-to-female transgender women in Lima, Peru.We analyzed characteristics of 378 MSM and transgender women recruited from 2 sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics in Lima, Peru. Descriptive analyses compared: (A) HIV-uninfected, (B) previously undiagnosed HIV-infected, and (C) previously diagnosed HIV-infected participants. Multivariable logistic regression models identified: (1) correlates of previously undiagnosed HIV-infection among participants thought to be HIV-uninfected (B vs A); and (2) correlates of previously undiagnosed HIV-infection among HIV-infected participants (B vs C)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Francesco Cavallin, Marco Scarpa, Matteo Cagol, Rita Alfieri, Alberto Ruol, Vanna Chiarion Sileni, Ermanno Ancona, Carlo Castoro
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate trends in patients' characteristics and comorbidities in esophageal cancer (EC) patients. BACKGROUND: Identifying changing pattern is essential to understand and predict further changes and to plan surgical procedures and resource allocation. METHODS: Trends in patients' characteristics and comorbidities were evaluated in 4440 EC patients at the Center for Esophageal Diseases in Padova, Italy, during 1980 to 2011...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Hilaire C Lam, Julie S Nijmeh, Elizabeth P Henske
In just the past five years, dramatic changes have occurred in the clinical management of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). Detailed knowledge about the role of the TSC proteins in regulating the activity of the mammalian Target of Rapamycin Complex 1 (mTORC1) underlies this paradigm-shifting progress. Advances continue to be made in understanding the genetic pathogenesis of the different tumours that occur in TSC, including pivotal discoveries using next-generation sequencing (NGS). For example, the pathogenesis of angiofibromas is now known to involve UV-induced mutations, and the pathogenesis of multifocal renal cell carcinoma (RCC) in TSC is now known to result from distinct second-hit mutations...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Christian Güldner, Isabell Diogo, Eva Bernd, Stephanie Dräger, Magis Mandapathil, Afshin Teymoortash, Hesham Negm, Thomas Wilhelm
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT, syn. digital volume tomography = DVT) was introduced into ENT imaging more than 10 years ago. The main focus was on imaging of the paranasal sinuses and traumatology of the mid face. In recent years, it has also been used in imaging of chronic ear diseases (especially in visualizing middle and inner ear implants), but an exact description of the advantages and limitations of visualizing precise anatomy in a relevant number of patients is still missing. The data sets of CBCT imaging of the middle and inner ear of 204 patients were analyzed regarding the visualization of 18 different anatomic structures...
October 17, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
M Utsch
Nowadays, issues of religiosity and spirituality are viewed differently than 50 years ago. Social upheaval, migration and secularization have changed the interpretation of religious meaning but have not made religion obsolete. This article describes the differences between a religious and a secular global view and defines spirituality as attachment to a larger entirety. The resources of spirituality are described and the dangers of fanaticism and fundamentalism should not be neglected. Criteria for healthy belief are compared to religious delusion...
October 17, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
George Jose Valooran, Shiv Kumar Nair, Krishnan Chandrasekharan
The metabolically active endothelium of arterial grafts is reported to slow the atherosclerotic process in the distal coronary territories to which they are grafted with improved patency. The literature on arterial grafting causing proximal plaque regression is scant. We report here a case of proximal left anterior descending artery (LAD) plaque regression following distal arterial grafting with a left internal mammary arterial (LIMA) graft to LAD. This rarely documented regression resulted in "stringing" of the arterial graft, while there was a significant progression of atherosclerotic disease in the right coronary with patent venous graft and de novo lesion in circumflex territory necessitating percutaneous coronary intervention, in spite of aggressive medical therapy...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Gauranga Majumdar, Surendra Agarwal, Shantanu Pande, Satyendra Tewari
Right atrial myxomas are rare. Its occurrence in a previously operated patient of rheumatic mitral stenosis posed clinical diagnostic challenge. We herein report a case of right atrial myxoma who had undergone mitral valve repair 20 years ago and now presented in congestive heart failure. The tumor was arising from the ostium of the coronary sinus and prolapsed into the right ventricle causing significant right ventricular inflow and outflow obstruction. Urgent repeat cardiac surgery was successfully performed to remove the tumor along with mitral valve replacement...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Fatma Nur Korkmaz, Gulsen Ozen, Ali Uğur Ünal, Pınar Kahraman Koytak, Nese Tuncer, Haner Direskeneli
Abstract/ Resumo Behcet's disease (BD) is a multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized by recurrent oral and genital ulcers, skin lesions and uveitis. The nervous system involvement of BD, neuro-Behcet's disease (NBD), is one of the important causes of mortality of the disease. Herein, we present a 29-year-old male with parenchymal NBD who has progressed rapidly and was managed with an uncommon aggressive immunosuppresive combination therapy. The patient first presented six years ago with vertigo and difficulty in talking and walking...
September 28, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Peter Appelros, Maria Háls Berglund, Jakob O Ström
BACKGROUND: In the absence of active management, the stroke risk after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) may be high. Almost 10 years ago, the results of the EXPRESS and SOS-TIA studies called for a more rapid management of TIA patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the other stroke risks in the longer term, after the implementation of a more active approach to TIA. We also wanted to assess the predictive value of the ABCD2 score in this context. METHODS: Riksstroke is the national stroke registry in Sweden...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
David M Levine, Jeffrey A Linder, Bruce E Landon
Importance: Widespread deficits in the quality of US health care were described over a decade ago. Since then, local, regional, and national efforts have sought to improve quality and patient experience, but there is incomplete information about whether such efforts have been successful. Objective: To measure changes in outpatient quality and patient experience in the United States from 2002 to 2013. Design, Setting, and Participants: We analyzed temporal trends from 2002 to 2013 using quality measures constructed from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a nationally representative annual survey of the US population that collects data from individual respondents as well as respondents' clinicians, hospitals, pharmacies, and employers...
October 17, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
Alexandru I Tomescu, Paul Medvedev
Contig assembly is the first stage that most assemblers solve when reconstructing a genome from a set of reads. Its output consists of contigs-a set of strings that are promised to appear in any genome that could have generated the reads. From the introduction of contigs 20 years ago, assemblers have tried to obtain longer and longer contigs, but the following question remains: given a genome graph G (e.g., a de Bruijn, or a string graph), what are all the strings that can be safely reported from G as contigs? In this article, we answer this question using a model in which the genome is a circular covering walk...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
V Gurewich
The interesting article on the antifibrinolytic effect of Factor XIII by Rijken et al [1] was predicated on the assumption that fibrinolysis is mediated only by tPA, since that is what was studied. However, there is evidence that this common assumption should be put into question. In a study published almost thirty years ago, we showed that whereas spontaneous lysis of platelet poor plasma clots was mediated by tPA, that of platelet-rich plasma clots, with which this article was concerned, could not be abolished by tPA antibody, but instead was abolished by the addition of uPA antibody...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Jordi Gamir, Rabih Darwiche, Pieter Van't Hof, Vineet Choudhary, Michael Stumpe, Roger Schneiter, Felix Mauch
Pathogenesis-related proteins played a pioneering role fifty years ago in the discovery of plant innate immunity as a set of proteins that accumulated upon pathogen challenge. The most abundant of these proteins, PATHOGENESIS-RELATED 1 (PR-1) encodes a small antimicrobial protein that has become, as a marker of plant immune signaling, one of the most referred to plant proteins. However, the biochemical activity and mode of action of PR-1 proteins has remained elusive. Here, we provide genetic and biochemical evidence for the capacity of PR-1 proteins to bind sterols and demonstrate that the inhibitory effect on pathogen growth is caused by sterol sequestration from pathogens...
October 16, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Abhijit Maity, Mithun Pal, Suman Som, Sanchi Maithani, Sujit Chaudhuri, Manik Pradhan
The (13)C-urea breath test ((13)C-UBT), developed a few decades ago, is widely used as a non-invasive diagnostic method to detect only the presence of the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori infection; however, the actual disease state, i.e. whether the person harbouring H. pylori has peptic ulcer disease (PUD) or non-ulcerous dyspepsia (NUD), is still poorly understood. Nevertheless, the present (13)C-UBT has numerous limitations, drawbacks and pitfalls owing to the ingestion of (13)C-labelled external urea...
October 17, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Nídia Cangi, Jonathan L Gordon, Laure Bournez, Valérie Pinarello, Rosalie Aprelon, Karine Huber, Thierry Lefrançois, Luís Neves, Damien F Meyer, Nathalie Vachiéry
The disease, Heartwater, caused by the Anaplasmataceae E. ruminantium, represents a major problem for tropical livestock and wild ruminants. Up to now, no effective vaccine has been available due to a limited cross protection of vaccinal strains on field strains and a high genetic diversity of Ehrlichia ruminantium within geographical locations. To address this issue, we inferred the genetic diversity and population structure of 194 E. ruminantium isolates circulating worldwide using Multilocus Sequence Typing based on lipA, lipB, secY, sodB, and sucA genes...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Frank-Martin Haecker, Sergio Sesia
BACKGROUND: For specific therapy to correct pectus excavatum (PE), conservative treatment with the vacuum bell (VB) was introduced more than 10 years ago in addition to surgical repair. Preliminary results using the VB were encouraging. We report on our 13-year experience with the VB treatment including the intraoperative use during the Nuss procedure and present some technical innovations. METHODS: A VB with a patient-activated hand pump is used to create a vacuum at the anterior chest wall...
September 2016: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Hanlu Zhang, Yingcai Geng, Yu Zheng, Yun Wang
A 68-year-old female was admitted to our hospital with an acute episode of chest pain, progressive cough and fever. She underwent trans-subxiphoid video-assisted thoracoscopic extended thymectomy (TsVATET) for thymoma with myasthenia gravis (MG) 9 days ago. Chest computed tomography (CT) showed anterior mediastinal oedema, and infiltrative findings involved bilateral lung. Physical examination revealed the subxiphoid wound suppuration. We diagnosed subxiphoid incision infection, anterior mediastinitis and concomitant bilateral pneumonia...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Laura Pérez-Lago, Santiago Izco, Marta Herranz, Griselda Tudó, María Carcelén, Iñaki Comas, Olalla Sierra, Juliá González, María Jesús Ruiz-Serrano, Juan Eyene, Emilio Bouza, Darío García-de-Viedma
OBJECTIVE: Molecular epidemiology techniques in tuberculosis (TB) can identify high-risk strains that are actively transmitted. We aimed to implement a novel strategy to optimize the identification and control of MDR-TB in a specific population. METHODS: We developed a strain-specific-PCR tailored from whole-genome-sequencing (WGS) data to track a specific multidrug-resistant prevalent strain in Equatorial Guinea (EG-MDR). RESULTS: The PCR was applied prospectively on remnants of GeneXpert reaction mixtures owing to the lack of culture facilities in EG...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Juan E Uribe, Suzanne T Williams, José Templado, Barbara Buge, Rafael Zardoya
The subfamily Cantharidinae Gray, 1857 (Trochoidea: Trochidae) includes 23 recognized genera and over 200 known living species. These marine top shell snails are microphagous grazers that generally live in shallow rocky shores and in macroalgae and seagrass beds of sub-tropical and temperate waters from the Central and Western Indo-Pacific biogeographic regions to the Mediterranean Sea and the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies revising the family Trochidae supported the monophyly of the subfamily Cantharidinae and its sister group relationship to the subfamily Stomatellinae...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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