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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081297/first-trimester-noninvasive-fetal-rhd-genotyping-using-maternal-dried-blood-spots
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Yali Xiong, Stacey Jeronis, Barbara Hoffman, Dan A Liebermann, Ossie Geifman-Holtzman
OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to evaluate whether maternal dried blood spots (DBS) could be a potential source for the non-invasive fetal RHD genotyping, serving as a combined one-step test for both the First Trimester Screen and the fetal RHD genotyping. METHOD: Both the DBS and the peripheral blood samples from nineteen RhD-negative pregnant women were obtained during the First Trimester Screen. DNA was extracted and Sequential Real-time PCRs were performed to determine the fetal RHD genotypes...
January 12, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071960/community-based-prevalence-study-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-rural-ethiopia
#2
Tadesse Gemechu, Hani Mahmoud, Eldryd Ho Parry, David Iw Phillips, Magdi H Yacoub
Background Chronic Rheumatic Heart disease (RHD) continues to be a health problem in many low and middle income countries and especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Echocardiography has shown that the disease is far more widespread than may be detected by clinical assessment, but data are lacking on the prevalence and epidemiological features in rural Africa. Design Community-based prevalence survey Methods We used transthoracic echocardiography to carry out a population-based study of RHD in a rural area of Ethiopia...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061759/rheumatic-heart-disease-in-uganda-predictors-of-morbidity-and-mortality-one-year-after-presentation
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Emmy Okello, Chris T Longenecker, Andrea Beaton, Moses R Kamya, Peter Lwabi
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD), the long-term consequence of rheumatic fever, accounts for most cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among young adults in developing countries. However, data on contemporary outcomes from resource constrained areas are limited. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of participants aged 5-60 years with established RHD was conducted in Kampala, Uganda, in which clinical exam, echocardiography, electrocardiography (ECG), and laboratory evaluation were done every 3 months and every 4-week benzathine penicillin prophylaxis was prescribed...
January 7, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048150/th-cd-207b-04-is-ttf-a-true-representation-of-the-sharpness-property-of-a-non-linear-ct-system
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M Robins, J Solomon, E Samei
PURPOSE: To investigate if the task-transfer-function (TTF) accurately models the transfer properties of a CT system for lung nodule imaging. METHODS: An anthropomorphic lung phantom was imaged using a standard chest protocol on a clinical CT scanner with and without 24 physically inserted synthetic lesions (nominal diameter: 8 - 10 mm). Images were reconstructed using FBP and iterative algorithm (SAFIRE, Siemens Healthcare). 3D TTF was measured using an established technique...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017498/red-cell-immunohematology-research-conducted-in-china
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REVIEW
Ziyan Zhu, Luyi Ye, Qin Li, Hongwei Gao, Yinxia Tan, Wei Cai
ABO subtypes and RhD variants are the most studied blood groups in China. Some of the polymorphisms in these two blood groups have direct clinical relevance. Molecular diagnosis of blood group polymorphisms is underway in China. In addition, research groups have developed methods such as screening for blood group mimetic peptides using phage display technology. New reagents, akin to antibodies directed against RhD and ABO, are being investigated using aptamer-based techniques. Progress is also being made in the development of synthetic exoglycosidases for conversion of group A and/or B antigens to group O...
November 24, 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994529/anti-d-antibodies-in-pregnant-d-variant-antigen-carriers-initially-typed-as-rhd
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Jelena Lukacevic Krstic, Slavica Dajak, Jasna Bingulac-Popovic, Vesna Dogic, Jela Mratinovic-Mikulandra
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the incidence, the consequences, and the prevention strategy of anti-D alloimmunizations of D variant carriers in the obstetric population of Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. METHODS: RhD immunization events were evaluated retrospectively for the period between 1993 and 2012. Women were tested for RhD antigen and irregular antibodies. Those with anti-D antibody who were not serologically D- were genotyped for RHD. They were evaluated for their obstetric and transfusion history and their titer of anti-D...
November 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984617/-molecular-genetic-analysis-of-four-cases-with-weak-d-variant-of-rh-blood-type
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Yunlei He, Gang Deng, Deyi Xu, Wei Liang, Lu Yu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the molecular basis of 4 cases with weak D variant of Rh blood type. METHODS: Routine serological testing was applied to determine the D, C, c, E and e antigens of the Rh blood group. The D antigen was further detected with an indirect antiglobulin test. RHD zygosity was detected by sequence-specific primer PCR method. All exons and flanking intron regions of the RHD gene were sequenced. RESULTS: The samples were determined as weak D phenotype by serological testing...
December 10, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982284/-rhd-alloimmunization-in-pregnant-women-in-rio-de-janeiro-state-brazil-perspectives-and-challenges
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Ana Heloisa Nascimento Beserra, Elizabeth Artmann, Maria Cristina Pessoa Dos Santos
This study shows research results on the persistence of RhD alloimmunization in pregnant women seen in the public healthcare network in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, through patient file analysis and interviews with administrators, health professionals, and patients. We analyzed 289 patient files of RhD-negative pregnant women seen from 2004 to 2012 at the State Reference Center. Individual interviews were held with 15 individuals. The interviews revealed factors contributing to persistence of the problem, such as: loss of restructuring of the Program for the Prevention of RhD Alloimmunization (PPARhD); lack of a system for monitoring the Program; low linkage between the referral and counter-referral network during prenatal care; insufficient training of the health professionals treating pregnant women at risk; and insufficient visibility of the program for RhD alloimmunization prevention...
November 1, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933106/screening-detected-rheumatic-heart-disease-can-progress-to-severe-disease
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Daniel Engelman, Gavin R Wheaton, Reapi L Mataika, Joseph H Kado, Samantha M Colquhoun, Bo Remenyi, Andrew C Steer
OBJECTIVES: Echocardiography is a sensitive test for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) screening; however the natural history of RHD detected on screening has not been established. We aimed to evaluate the progression of screening-detected RHD in Fiji. METHODS: All young people previously diagnosed with RHD through screening, with echocardiograms available for review, were eligible. All baseline echocardiograms were reported again. Participants underwent follow-up echocardiography...
2016: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920275/hypermethylation-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-bnp-gene-is-associated-with-the-risk-of-rheumatic-heart-disease
#10
Ni Li, Dawei Zheng, Lebo Sun, Huoshun Shi, Xiuying Zhu, Guodong Xu, Qinning Wang, Caimin Zhu, Guofeng Shao
To investigate the contribution of BNP promoter DNA methylation to the risk of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and the influence of warfarin anticoagulant therapy on BNP methylation levels for RHD patients after surgery.BNP methylation levels were determined by bisulfite pyrosequencing from plasma samples of RHD patients compared with healthy controls. Several factors influencing the RHD patients were included age, smoking, and cholesterol levels. A fragment of 5 CG sites (CpG1-5) in the promoter region of BNP gene was measured...
December 5, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918954/interleukin-10-role-in-increasing-susceptibility-and-pathogenesis-of-rheumatic-fever-rheumatic-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Neha Sharma, Devinder Toor
Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus) causes rheumatic fever (RF) which later progresses towards rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in the susceptible individuals. RF and RHD both contribute towards increasing global burden of disease, especially in developing countries. RHD is one of the most common acquired heart diseases causing permanent damage to heart valves which ultimately leads to heart failure. In RHD, heart valve lesions are formed which are mediated by autoimmune reaction between streptococcal antigens (M protein and group A carbohydrate epitope GlcNAc) and heart tissues...
December 2, 2016: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913973/emergence-of-new-virulent-rabbit-hemorrhagic-disease-virus-strains-in-saudi-arabia
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Mahmoud M Ismail, Mahmoud H A Mohamed, Ibrahim M El-Sabagh, Mohamed A Al-Hammadi
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is an acute fatal highly contagious viral infectious disease that causes high losses among rabbitries. The disease was first reported in China in 1984 and later on in Saudi Arabia in 1996. The aim of this study was to investigate the emergence and pathogenicity of new rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) strains in Saudi Arabia. The pathogenicity was confirmed by inoculation in susceptible rabbits. Three RHDV strains were detected by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using primers targeting VP60 capsid protein gene in infected rabbitries during 2012 and 2013...
December 2, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913419/benzene-degradation-by-variovorax-sp-within-a-coal-tar-contaminated-groundwater-microbial-community
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Kevin M Posman, Christopher M DeRito, Eugene L Madsen
: Investigations of environmental microbial communities are crucial for the discovery of populations capable of degrading hazardous compounds and may lead to improved bioremediation strategies. The goal of this study was to identify microorganisms responsible for aerobic benzene degradation in coal-tar contaminated groundwater. Benzene degradation was monitored in laboratory incubations of well waters using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Stable isotope probing (SIP) experiments using (13)C-benzene allowed us to obtain (13)C-labled community DNA; from this, 16S rRNA clone libraries identified γ- and β-Proteobacteria as the active benzene metabolizing microbial populations...
December 2, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908909/dtb-select-12-december-2016
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Azithromycin of no benefit for asthma attacks ● Risk of heart failure with NSAIDs ● Bisphosphonates and steroid-induced osteoporosis ● Triple therapy for moderate-to-severe COPD: marginal benefits ● Much data on adverse events remains unpublished ● Rising placebo response rates in antidepressant trials a 'myth' ● Prenatal fetal RhD testing recommended.
December 2016: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904843/cardiac-surgery-in-africa-a-thirty-five-year-experience-on-open-heart-surgery-in-cote-d-ivoire
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Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, Christophe Meneas, Florent Diby, Manga Diomande, Anicet Adoubi, Yves Tanauh
BACKGROUND: Few centers for open heart surgery (OHS) are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lack of OHS results is also noted. By reporting our African experience on OHS, the aim of this study was to fill the gap. METHODS: It is a retrospective study on 2,612 patients who were subject to an OHS between 1978 and 2013. Data were collected from demographical, clinical, investigative studies, surgical and outcomes parameters. RESULTS: There were 1,475 cases of rheumatic heart diseases (RHD), 126 endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF), 741 congenital heart diseases (CHDs) and 270 various affections...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893356/single-stranded-dna-aptamer-targeting-and-neutralization-of-anti-d-alloantibody-a-potential-therapeutic-strategy-for-haemolytic-diseases-caused-by-rhesus-alloantibody
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Yinze Zhang, Fan Wu, Manni Wang, Naibao Zhuang, Huayou Zhou, Hua Xu
BACKGROUND: Rhesus (Rh) D antigen is the most important antigen in the Rh blood group system because of its strong immunogenicity. When RhD-negative individuals are exposed to RhD-positive blood, they may produce anti-D alloantibody, potentially resulting in delayed haemolytic transfusion reactions and Rh haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn, which are difficult to treat. Inhibition of the binding of anti-D antibody with RhD antigens on the surface of red blood cells may effectively prevent immune haemolytic diseases...
November 11, 2016: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892861/effects-of-myxoma-virus-and-rabbit-hemorrhagic-disease-virus-on-the-physiological-condition-of-wild-european-rabbits-is-blood-biochemistry-a-useful-monitoring-tool
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Isabel Pacios-Palma, Simone Santoro, Alejandro Bertó-Moran, Sacramento Moreno, Carlos Rouco
Myxomatosis and rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) are the major viral diseases that affect the wild European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). These diseases arrived in Europe within the last decades and have caused wild rabbit populations to decline dramatically. Both viruses are currently considered to be endemic in the Iberian Peninsula; periodic outbreaks that strongly impact wild populations regularly occur. Myxoma virus (MV) and rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) alter the physiology of infected rabbits, resulting in physical deterioration...
December 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889087/characterisation-of-the-phenanthrene-degradation-related-genes-and-degrading-ability-of-a-newly-isolated-copper-tolerant-bacterium
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Mengke Song, Ying Yang, Longfei Jiang, Qing Hong, Dayi Zhang, Zhenguo Shen, Hua Yin, Chunling Luo
A copper-tolerant phenanthrene (PHE)-degrading bacterium, strain Sphingobium sp. PHE-1, was newly isolated from the activated sludge in a wastewater treatment plant. Two key genes, ahdA1b-1 encoding polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon ring-hydroxylating dioxygenase (PAH-RHDɑ) and xyLE encoding catechol-2,3-dioxygenase (C23O), involved in the PHE metabolism by strain PHE-1 were identified. The PAH-RHD gene cluster showed 96% identity with the same cluster of Sphingomonas sp. P2. Our results indicated the induced transcription of xylE and ahdA1b-1 genes by PHE, simultaneously promoted by Cu(II)...
January 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886787/rheumatic-heart-disease-the-unfinished-global-agenda
#19
REVIEW
Shanti Nulu, Gene Bukhman, Gene F Kwan
Primarily affecting the young, rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a neglected chronic disease commonly causing premature morbidity and mortality among the global poor. Standard clinical prevention and treatment is based on studies from the early antimicrobial era, as research investment halted soon after the virtual eradication of the disease from developed countries. The emergence of new global data on disease burden, new technologies, and a global health equity platform have revitalized interest and investment in RHD...
February 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883978/outcomes-of-borderline-rheumatic-heart-disease-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Geneviève Bertaina, Bernard Rouchon, Bertrand Huon, Nina Guillot, Corinne Robillard, Baptiste Noël, Marie Nadra, Christophe Tribouilloy, Eloi Marijon, Xavier Jouven, Mariana Mirabel
CONTEXT AND AIMS: The advent of systematic screening for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) by echocardiography in endemic regions has led to a new entity: borderline RHD. The pathogenicity and natural history of borderline RHD needs to be addressed. The aim of this study was to assess the outcomes of children detected by echocardiography as having borderline RHD. METHODS: Schoolchildren in 4th grade (i.e., aged 9-10years) who were prospectively echo-screened for RHD (2012-2014) in Nouméa, New Caledonia, were asked to participate...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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