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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228791/two-cases-of-pregnancy-and-lactation-associated-osteoporosis-successfully-treated-with-denosumab
#1
Ariel Sánchez, María Belén Zanchetta, Karina Danilowicz
Case 1. A 35-year-old woman in the 8(th) month of her first pregnancy suffered acute lumbar pain that persisted for 4 months. In the 5(th) month postpartum an acute increase in the low back pain led to a MRI which showed recent deformity in L1 and deformities of undetermined time of evolution in L2, L4, and L5. Laboratory evaluation did not reveal metabolic derangements. She had low bone mineral density (BMD, DXA) and severe deterioration of the microarchitecture of distal appendicular bone (HR-pQCT). Kyphoplasty of all 4 vertebrae was performed in 2 stages, and treatment with subcutaneous denosumab, 60 mg every 6 months, was begun...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215602/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-acute-flares-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-prospective-study
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Harry Sokol, Valérie Lalande, Cecilia Landman, Anne Bourrier, Isabelle Nion-Larmurier, Sylvie Rajca, Julien Kirchgesner, Philippe Seksik, Jacques Cosnes, Frédéric Barbut, Laurent Beaugerie
OBJECTIVES: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common complication in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and has been associated with poor IBD outcome. The aims of our study were to look for predictive factors of CDI in patients hospitalized for IBD flare and to evaluate a rapid testing strategy in this population. METHODS: Consecutive patients hospitalized for IBD flare in Saint-Antoine Hospital (Paris, France) were prospectively tested for CDI with a defined strategy involving rapid testing and reference methods...
January 30, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212992/nivolumab-induced-interstitial-lung-disease-analysis-of-two-phase-ii-studies-patients-with-recurrent-or-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Terufumi Kato, Noriyuki Masuda, Yoichi Nakanishi, Masashi Takahashi, Toyoaki Hida, Hiroshi Sakai, Shinji Atagi, Shiro Fujita, Hiroshi Tanaka, Koji Takeda, Miyako Satouchi, Yoshinobu Namba, Tomohide Tamura
OBJECTIVES: Drug-induced interstitial lung disease (ILD) is often associated with high mortality; however it is difficult to predict and manage. we examined the clinical findings and imaging characteristics of nivolumab induced ILD reported in the two phase II studies patients with recurrent or advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the clinical findings and imaging characteristics of all cases of ILD reported in two phase II trials of nivolumab, an anti-programmed death-1 antibody, in Japanese patients with recurrent or advanced non-small-cell lung cancer...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196509/point-of-care-testing-for-emergency-assessment-of-coagulation-in-patients-treated-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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Matthias Ebner, Ingvild Birschmann, Andreas Peter, Charlotte Spencer, Florian Härtig, Joachim Kuhn, Gunnar Blumenstock, Christine S Zuern, Ulf Ziemann, Sven Poli
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care testing (POCT) of coagulation has been proven to be of great value in accelerating emergency treatment. Specific POCT for direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) is not available, but the effects of DOAC on established POCT have been described. We aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of Hemochron® Signature coagulation POCT to qualitatively rule out relevant concentrations of apixaban, rivaroxaban, and dabigatran in real-life patients. METHODS: We enrolled 68 patients receiving apixaban, rivaroxaban, or dabigatran and obtained blood samples at six pre-specified time points...
February 15, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196502/regional-variation-in-suicide-rates-in-sri-lanka-between-1955-and-2011-a-spatial-and-temporal-analysis
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Duleeka W Knipe, Prianka Padmanathan, Lal Muthuwatta, Chris Metcalfe, David Gunnell
BACKGROUND: Between 1955 and 2011 there were marked fluctuations in suicide rates in Sri Lanka; incidence increased six-fold between 1955 and the 1980s, and halved in the early 21st century. Changes in access to highly toxic pesticides are thought to have influenced this pattern. This study investigates variation in suicide rates across Sri Lanka's 25 districts between 1955 and 2011. We hypothesised that changes in the incidence of suicide would be most marked in rural areas due to the variation in availability of highly toxic pesticides in these locations during this time period...
February 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193697/error-induced-blindness-error-detection-leads-to-impaired-sensory-processing-and-lower-accuracy-at-short-response-stimulus-intervals
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George A Buzzell, Paul J Beatty, Natalie A Paquette, Daniel M Roberts, Craig G McDonald
Empirical evidence indicates that detecting one's own mistakes can serve as a signal to improve task performance. However, little work has focused on how task constraints, such as the response-stimulus interval (RSI), influence post-error adjustments. In the present study, event-related potential (ERP) and behavioral measures were used to investigate the time course of error-related processing while humans performed a difficult visual discrimination task. We found that error commission resulted in a marked reduction in both task performance and sensory processing on the following trial when RSIs were short, but that such impairments were not detectable at longer RSIs...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170406/youth-as-contested-sites-of-culture-the-intergenerational-acculturation-gap-amongst-new-migrant-communities-parental-and-young-adult-perspectives
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Andre M N Renzaho, Nidhi Dhingra, Nichole Georgeou
BACKGROUND: Immigration often results in changes in family dynamics, and within this process of dynamic relational adjustment youth can be conceptualised as contested sites of culture and associated intergenerational conflicts. This paper considers the experiences of migrant youth in Greater Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia using conflict as a useful lens through which to view issues of migrant youth identity and their sense of social connectedness, belonging, and agency. The aim of this study was twofold: 1) to explore how migrant youth cope with acculturative stress and intergenerational conflicts, and 2) to better understand the systemic and family-related factors that facilitate positive settlement experiences for migrant youth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167641/prognostic-utility-of-a-modified-heart-score-in-chest-pain-patients-in-the-emergency-department
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James McCord, Rafael Cabrera, Bertil Lindahl, Evangelos Giannitsis, Kaleigh Evans, Richard Nowak, Tiberio Frisoli, Richard Body, Michael Christ, Christopher R deFilippi, Robert H Christenson, Gordon Jacobsen, Aitor Alquezar, Mauro Panteghini, Dina Melki, Mario Plebani, Franck Verschuren, John French, Garnet Bendig, Silvia Weiser, Christian Mueller
BACKGROUND: The TRAPID-AMI trial study (High-Sensitivity Troponin-T Assay for Rapid Rule-Out of Acute Myocardial Infarction) evaluated high-sensitivity cardiac troponin-T (hs-cTnT) in a 1-hour acute myocardial infarction (AMI) exclusion algorithm. Our study objective was to evaluate the prognostic utility of a modified HEART score (m-HS) within this trial. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twelve centers evaluated 1282 patients in the emergency department for possible AMI from 2011 to 2013...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144847/-practices-of-caregivers-and-national-recommendations-for-treatment-of-malaria-in-benin-in-2009
#9
S Robin, C Bruneton, E Guévart
New treatments against malaria (artemisinin-based combination therapies, ACT) resulted in profound changes in the therapeutic behaviours in Africa. This study aims to evaluate the practices adaptation to the new strategies in Benin in 2009. In three southern areas of the country, 14 private pharmacies, 10 public health centers and 10 private health centers were audited. Between July and October 2009, 36 providers and 93 prescribers were interviewed, 127 dispensations for self-medication were observed, 210 prescriptions were analyzed according to the WHO recommendations, 251 patients with complaints of malaria and 50 healthy women were interviewed and 34 physical inventories were conducted in pharmacies...
January 31, 2017: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102025/the-direct-referral-to-endovascular-center-criteria-a-proposal-for-pre-hospital-evaluation-of-acute-stroke-in-the-madrid-stroke-network
#10
J Rodríguez-Pardo, B Fuentes, M Alonso de Leciñana, Á Ximénez-Carrillo, G Zapata-Wainberg, J Álvarez-Fraga, F J Barriga, L Castillo, J Carneado-Ruiz, J Díaz-Guzman, J Egido-Herrero, A de Felipe, J Fernández-Ferro, L Frade-Pardo, Á García-Gallardo, A García-Pastor, A Gil-Núñez, C Gómez-Escalonilla, M Guillán, Y Herrero-Infante, J Masjuan-Vallejo, M Á Ortega-Casarrubios, J Vivancos-Mora, E Díez-Tejedor
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: For patients with acute ischaemic stroke due to large-vessel occlusion, it has recently been shown that mechanical thrombectomy (MT) with stent retrievers is better than medical treatment alone. However, few hospitals can provide MT 24 h/day 365 days/year, and it remains unclear whether selected patients with acute stroke should be directly transferred to the nearest MT-providing hospital to prevent treatment delays. Clinical scales such as Rapid Arterial Occlusion Evaluation (RACE) have been developed to predict large-vessel occlusion at a pre-hospital level, but their predictive value for MT is low...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100997/a-rare-cause-of-dysphagia-to-remember-calcific-tendinitis-of-the-longus-colli-muscle
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Dominic M Colella, Fiorela Calderón Sandoval, David W Powers, Nimal Patel, Javier Sobrado
Longus colli tendinitis (LCT) is an acute inflammatory condition with symptoms typically consisting of acute neck pain and stiffness with or without dysphagia. Once more severe etiologies for these symptoms are ruled out, this self-limiting condition usually resolves spontaneously with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids. We present a case of LCT that presented as acute neck pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia that rapidly resolved once diagnosed and treated with anti-inflammatory agents. Though exceedingly rare, LCT must be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute neck pain, dysphagia, and odynophagia when more common etiologies do not correlate with the clinical presentation...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098822/application-of-fault-tree-analysis-and-fuzzy-neural-networks-to-fault-diagnosis-in-the-internet-of-things-iot-for-aquaculture
#12
Yingyi Chen, Zhumi Zhen, Huihui Yu, Jing Xu
In the Internet of Things (IoT) equipment used for aquaculture is often deployed in outdoor ponds located in remote areas. Faults occur frequently in these tough environments and the staff generally lack professional knowledge and pay a low degree of attention in these areas. Once faults happen, expert personnel must carry out maintenance outdoors. Therefore, this study presents an intelligent method for fault diagnosis based on fault tree analysis and a fuzzy neural network. In the proposed method, first, the fault tree presents a logic structure of fault symptoms and faults...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096323/pyoderma-gangrenosum-following-complex-reconstruction-of-a-large-scale-lower-limb-defect-by-combined-parascapular-and-latissimus-dorsi-flap
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Tomke Cordts, Amir K Bigdeli, Leila Harhaus, Christoph Hirche, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Volker J Schmidt
A female patient with a critical soft tissue defect after elective knee replacement surgery was transferred to our department for reconstruction. As wounds were rapidly progressing, necrotizing fasciitis was initially suspected but eventually ruled out by histopathological analysis. A 50 × 15 cm defect was then reconstructed by means of a combined Parascapular and latissimus dorsi flap before, a couple days later, the patient developed tender pustules and ulcers involving the flap as well as the donor site...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094807/antimicrobial-probiotics-reduce-salmonella-enterica-in-turkey-gastrointestinal-tracts
#14
Brittany Forkus, Seth Ritter, Michail Vlysidis, Kathryn Geldart, Yiannis N Kaznessis
Despite the arsenal of technologies employed to control foodborne nontyphoidal Salmonella (NTS), infections have not declined in decades. Poultry is the primary source of NTS outbreaks, as well as the fastest growing meat sector worldwide. With recent FDA rules for phasing-out antibiotics in animal production, pressure is mounting to develop new pathogen reduction strategies. We report on a technology to reduce Salmonella enteritidis in poultry. We engineered probiotic E. coli Nissle 1917, to express and secrete the antimicrobial peptide, Microcin J25...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087181/challenging-the-99th-percentile-a-lower-troponin-cutoff-leads-to-low-mortality-of-chest-pain-patients
#15
Nils Arne Sörensen, Johannes Tobias Neumann, Francisco Ojeda, Tjark Schwemer, Thomas Renné, Renate B Schnabel, Tanja Zeller, Mahir Karakas, Stefan Blankenberg, Dirk Westermann
BACKGROUND: Rule-out of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction is based on consecutive measurements of cardiac troponins using the 99th percentile of the respective assay as cutoff. The new ESC guidelines alternatively offer rapid 1h algorithms with lower cutoffs than the 99th percentile for rule-out of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction. We aimed to compare a recently introduced 1h algorithm based on a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-TnI) cutoff of 6ng/L at 0h and 1h to the current standard of care using the 99th percentile (27ng/L) as cutoff with reference to follow-up events in a large chest pain cohort...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062616/early-rule-out-and-rule-in-strategies-for-myocardial-infarction
#16
REVIEW
Louise A Cullen, Nicholas L Mills, Simon Mahler, Richard Body
BACKGROUND: Patients with chest pain comprise a large proportion of emergency presentations and place a major burden on healthcare resources. Therefore, efforts to safely and rapidly identify those with and without acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are needed. The challenge for clinicians is to accurately identify patients with acute coronary syndromes, while balancing the need to safely and rapidly reassure and discharge those without serious conditions. CONTENT: This review summarizes the evidence to date on optimum accelerated strategies for the rule-in and rule-out of AMI, using strategies focused on optimum use of troponin results...
January 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057043/rapid-healing-of-a-patient-with-dramatic-subacute-combined-degeneration-of-spinal-cord-a-case-report
#17
Florian C Roessler, Stephanie Wolff
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of cobalamin deficiency is high especially in older patients and an immediate therapy start is necessary to prevent irreversible neurological damages. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of cobalamin deficiency is difficult and at present, there is no consensus for diagnosis of this deficiency. Therefore, we aim to elucidate a meaningful diagnostic pathway by a case report with an initially misleading medical history. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57 year-old Caucasian man suffering from dramatic myelosis of the cervical posterior columns...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043726/an-unusual-cause-of-unilateral-sixth-nerve-palsy
#18
Mehran Sotoodehnia, Arash Safaei, Fatemeh Rasooli, Maryam Bahreini
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis still remains a real challenge. Seizure, unusual headache with sudden onset, unexplained persistently unilateral vascular headache and neurologic deficit-which is difficult to be attributed to a vascular territory are some of the suggestive symptoms. CASE: An isolated sixth nerve palsy is discussed as a rare presentation for cerebral venous thrombosis. Following the extensive investigation to rule out other possible diagnoses, magnetic resonance venogram revealed the final etiology of sixth nerve palsy that was ipsilateral left transverse sinus thrombosis; therefore, anticoagulant treatment with low molecular weight heparin was administered...
December 12, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043580/application-of-highly-portable-minion-nanopore-sequencing-technology-for-the-monitoring-of-nosocomial-tuberculosis-infection
#19
Matthew Bates, Pascal Polepole, Nathan Kapata, Matt Loose, Justin O'Grady
Referral hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa concentrate large numbers of tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) patients, failed by community TB services. We have previously shown, from enhanced screening and through autopsy studies, a significant burden of missed TB infections at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia, with many patients dying or being discharged without treatment. With minimal TB isolation facilities and minimal political will to invest in broader screening and isolation, the risk of nosocomial transmission is likely to be extremely high...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035367/redistribution-of-adrenomedullary-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-subunits-and-the-effect-on-circulating-epinephrine-levels-in-a-murine-model-of-acute-asthma
#20
Xi Chen, Juntao Feng, Chengping Hu, Qingwu Qin, Yuanyuan Li, Ling Qin
The lack of circulating epinephrine (EPI) in the pathogenesis of asthma has long been attributed to the lack of adrenergic nerves in human airways. However, in this study we considered that EPI levels are regulated by EPI release in addition to synthesis. Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) have been shown to control EPI release, and we hypothesized that redistribution of nAChR subunits modulates EPI release and circulating EPI levels. Using a mouse model of asthma, circulating EPI levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays...
February 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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