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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731996/-pancreatitis-genes-and-islet-cells-auto-transplant-updates-and-new-horizons
#1
Edgardo D Rivera Rivera
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can progress from an acute presentation to an acute recurring presentation and eventually to chronic pancreatitis, which is characterized by irreversible morphological changes and scarring of the pancreas. The entity known as hereditary pancreatitis has been recognized in the literature for years and certainly the discovery of the PRSS1 gene in 1996 marked the beginning of a new era of genetic discoveries associated with the disease. Since then, multiple genes have been described as the causing agents of pancreatitis or disease modifiers, some of the most important ones being the PRSS1, SPINK1, CFTR, CASR, CTRC, CLDN2, and CPA1...
April 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730408/evolution-of-the-hiv-1-transgenic-rat-utility-in-assessing-the-progression-of-hiv-1-associated-neurocognitive-disorders
#2
Kristen A McLaurin, Rosemarie M Booze, Charles F Mactutus
Understanding the progression of HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) is a critical need as the prevalence of HIV-1 in older individuals (>50 years) is markedly increasing due to the great success of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). Longitudinal experimental designs, in comparison to cross-sectional studies, provide an opportunity to establish age-related disease progression in HAND. The HIV-1 transgenic (Tg) rat, which has been promoted for investigating the effect of long-term HIV-1 viral protein exposure, was used to examine two interrelated goals...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730136/early-diagnosis-of-abcb11-spectrum-liver-disorders-by-next-generation-sequencing
#3
Su Jeong Lee, Jung Eun Kim, Byung-Ho Choe, An Na Seo, Han-Ik Bae, Su-Kyeong Hwang
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was the early diagnosis of ABCB11 spectrum liver disorders, especially those focused on benign recurrent intrahepatic cholestasis and progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis. METHODS: Fifty patients presenting neonatal cholestasis were evaluated to identify underlying etiologies. Genetic analysis was performed on patients suspected to have syndromic diseases or ABCB11 spectrum liver disorders. Two families with proven ABCB11 spectrum liver disorders were subjected to genetic analyses to confirm the diagnosis and were provided genetic counseling...
June 2017: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729744/attitudes-towards-social-oocyte-freezing-from-a-socio-cultural-perspective
#4
Maren Schick, Réka Sexty, Beate Ditzen, Tewes Wischmann
INTRODUCTION: The tendency to delay parenthood is increasing. It is partly driven by the availability of early reproductive technologies such as social oocyte freezing, the cryopreservation of oocytes for non-medical purposes. The goal of this study was to investigate relationships between attitudes towards social oocyte freezing and different socio-cultural backgrounds in a German sample cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A quantitative online questionnaire was compiled...
July 2017: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728918/financing-transformative-health-systems-towards-achievement-of-the-health-sustainable-development-goals-a-model-for-projected-resource-needs-in-67-low-income-and-middle-income-countries
#5
Karin Stenberg, Odd Hanssen, Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer, Melanie Bertram, Callum Brindley, Andreia Meshreky, James E Rosen, John Stover, Paul Verboom, Rachel Sanders, Agnès Soucat
BACKGROUND: The ambitious development agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires substantial investments across several sectors, including for SDG 3 (healthy lives and wellbeing). No estimates of the additional resources needed to strengthen comprehensive health service delivery towards the attainment of SDG 3 and universal health coverage in low-income and middle-income countries have been published. METHODS: We developed a framework for health systems strengthening, within which population-level and individual-level health service coverage is gradually scaled up over time...
July 14, 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727678/progress-toward-measles-elimination-bangladesh-2000-2016
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Sudhir Khanal, Rajendra Bohara, Stephen Chacko, Mohammad Sharifuzzaman, Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, James L Goodson, Alya Dabbagh, Katrina Kretsinger, Deepak Dhongde, Jayantha Liyanage, Sunil Bahl, Arun Thapa
In 2013, at the 66th session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region (SEAR), a regional goal was established to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome* by 2020 (1). WHO-recommended measles elimination strategies in SEAR countries include 1) achieving and maintaining ≥95% coverage with 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV) in every district, delivered through the routine immunization program or through supplementary immunization activities (SIAs)(†); 2) developing and sustaining a sensitive and timely measles case-based surveillance system that meets targets for recommended performance indicators; and 3) developing and maintaining an accredited measles laboratory network (2)...
July 21, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727487/improving-care-with-a-portfolio-of-physician-led-cancer-quality-measures-at-an-academic-center
#7
Julie Bryar Porter, Eben Lloyd Rosenthal, Marcy Winget, Andrea Segura Smith, Sridhar Belavadi Seshadri, Yohan Vetteth, Eileen F Kiamanesh, Amogh Badwe, Ranjana H Advani, Mark K Buyyounouski, Steven Coutre, Frederick Dirbas, Vasu Divi, Oliver Dorigo, Kristen N Ganjoo, Laura J Johnston, Lawrence David Recht, Joseph B Shrager, Eila C Skinner, Susan M Swetter, Brendan C Visser, Douglas W Blayney
PURPOSE: Development and implementation of robust reporting processes to systematically provide quality data to care teams in a timely manner is challenging. National cancer quality measures are useful, but the manual data collection required is resource intensive, and reporting is delayed. We designed a largely automated measurement system with our multidisciplinary cancer care programs (CCPs) to identify, measure, and improve quality metrics that were meaningful to the care teams and their patients...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726645/chronic-myeloid-leukemia-expected-relapse-s-clinical-laboratory-indexes
#8
T Kirtava, D Ghirdaladze, T Vatsadze
Today Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) relapse's final assessment and monitoring in the whole world is implemented by BCR-ABL gene quantitative detection - during the polymerase chain reaction (by PSR means). Implementation of this monitoring materially and technically is not often available and remission during years is being assessed using monthly clinical-laboratory data. Proceeding from this, the goal of our work was to find the clinical-laboratory features, indicating the expected relapse and require the urgent molecular research carry out...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726483/understanding-the-context-of-novel-interventions-for-self-injurious-thoughts-and-behaviors-a-reply-to-nielsen-et-al
#9
Joseph C Franklin, Kathryn R Fox, Jessica D Ribeiro, Matthew K Nock
In this response to the commentary by Nielsen, Kirtley, & Townsend (in press), the authors note several points of agreement related to further testing of therapeutic evaluative conditioning (TEC) for self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs), navigating logistical and ethical issues surrounding mobile interventions, and integrating such interventions into traditional practice. They also note a common mission held by Nielsen et al., themselves, and the SITB research community more broadly: the large-scale reduction of SITBs...
August 2017: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724111/agricultural-conservation-planning-framework-3-land-use-and-field-boundary-database-development-and-structure
#10
Mark D Tomer, David E James, Claudette M J Sandoval-Green
Conservation planning information is important for identifying options for watershed water quality improvement and can be developed for use at field, farm, and watershed scales. Translation across scales is a key issue impeding progress at watershed scales because watershed improvement goals must be connected with implementation of farm- and field-level conservation practices to demonstrate success. This is particularly true when examining alternatives for "trap and treat" practices implemented at agricultural-field edges to control (or influence) water flows through fields, landscapes, and riparian corridors within agricultural watersheds...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723514/optimal-treatment-sequence-for-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#11
REVIEW
David Lorente, Karim Fizazi, Christopher Sweeney, Johann S de Bono
CONTEXT: Unprecedented development of therapeutics for prostate cancer in recent years has left clinicians with the challenge of adequately sequencing therapeutic agents to optimise patient benefit. No clear guidelines exist on optimal treatment sequences. OBJECTIVE: To summarise the evidence on first-line activity, cross-resistance, and potential combinations of agents approved for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A nonsystematic literature search of articles on agent sequencing in mCRPC in PubMed and relevant cancer conferences up to June 2016 was performed...
December 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722555/understanding-the-state-of-health-policy-and-systems-research-in-west-africa-and-capacity-strengthening-needs-scoping-of-peer-reviewed-publications-trends-and-patterns-1990-2015
#12
Selina Defor, Aku Kwamie, Irene Akua Agyepong
BACKGROUND: The need for locally-driven, locally-generated evidence to guide health policy and systems decision-making and implementation in West Africa remains urgent. Thus, health policy and systems research (HPSR) is a field with great potential for addressing many of the sub-region's intransigent health challenges. This paper presents an analysis of trends and patterns of peer-reviewed HPSR publications across the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to help understand trends and patterns of HPSR publication and the degree of involvement of West African researchers in HPSR evidence generation in the sub-region...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722437/surface-plasmon-resonance-clinical-biosensors-for-medical-diagnostics
#13
Jean-Francois Masson
The design and application of sensors for monitoring biomolecules in clinical samples is a common goal of the sensing research community. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and other plasmonic techniques such as localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and imaging SPR are reaching a maturity level sufficient for their application in monitoring biomolecules in clinical samples. In recent years, the first examples for monitoring antibodies, proteins, enzymes, drugs, small molecules, peptides, and nucleic acids in biofluids collected from patients afflicted with a series of medical conditions (Alzheimer's, hepatitis, diabetes, leukemia, and cancers such as prostate and breast cancers, among others) demonstrate the progress of SPR sensing in clinical chemistry...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721212/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias
#14
REVIEW
Syeda Atiqa Batul, Brian Olshansky, John D Fisher, Rakesh Gopinathannair
Ventricular arrhythmias are an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, particularly in those with structural heart disease, inherited cardiomyopathies, and channelopathies. The goals of ventricular arrhythmia management include symptom relief, improving quality of life, reducing implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks, preventing deterioration of left ventricular function, reducing risk of arrhythmic death, and potentially improving overall survival. Guideline-directed medical therapy and implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation remain the mainstay of therapy to prevent sudden cardiac death in patients with ventricular arrhythmias in the setting of structural heart disease...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720089/analysis-of-the-association-between-millennium-development-goals-4-5-and-the-physician-workforce-across-international-economic-strata
#15
Christopher P Morley, Dongliang Wang, Emily M Mader, Kyle P Plante, Lindsey N Kingston, Azadeh Rabiei
BACKGROUND: The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are 8 international development goals voluntarily adopted by 189 nations. The goals included health related aims to reduce the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds (MDG4), and to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters (MDG5). To assess the relationship between the healthcare workforce and MDGs 4-5, we examined the physician workforces of countries around the globe, in terms of the Physician Density Level (PDL, or number of physicians per 1000 population), and compared this rate across a number of years to several indicator variables specified as markers of progress towards MDG4 and MDG5...
July 18, 2017: BMC International Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719713/lymph-node-positive-cutaneous-nonmelanoma-skin-cancer-a-poor-prognosis-disease-in-need-of-treatment-intensification
#16
Lora S Wang, Elizabeth A Handorf, John A Ridge, Barbara A Burtness, Miriam N Lango, Ranee Mehra, Jeffrey C Liu, Thomas J Galloway
Locoregionally advanced nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) has an aggressive clinical course characterized by high rates of treatment failure and poor survival compared with localized skin cancers. Our goal was to investigate multimodal therapy for lymph-node-positive NMSC. Data from patients with lymph-node-positive NMSC who underwent surgery and adjuvant therapy at a single tertiary center from 2002 to 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. Median follow-up was 1.8 years (range: 0.5 to 8.5). Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method...
July 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719236/applying-an-artificial-neural-network-model-for-developing-a-severity-score-for-patients-with-hereditary-amyloid-polyneuropathy
#17
Shenia Novis, Felipe Machado, Victor B Costa, Debora Foguel, Marcia W Cruz, José Manoel de Seixas
Hereditary (familial) amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) is a systemic disease that includes a sensorimotor polyneuropathy related to transthyretin (TTR) mutations. So far, a scale designed to classify the severity of this disease has not yet been validated. This work proposes the implementation of an artificial neural network (ANN) in order to develop a severity scale for monitoring the disease progression in FAP patients. In order to achieve this goal, relevant symptoms and laboratory findings were collected from 98 Brazilian patients included in THAOS - the Transthyretin Amyloidosis Outcomes Survey...
July 18, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717515/changing-needs-for-information-and-support-in-an-online-system-for-parents-of-children-with-kidney-disease
#18
Maury Pinsk, David Nicholas
BACKGROUND: Pediatric chronic kidney disease is psychologically, financially, and physically demanding on parents providing care. Parents often feel isolated because of the rarity of the condition, and geographic isolation often compounds this perception in Canada. Many parents seek assistance online for both information and social support. OBJECTIVE: This study examines an online portal, titled "Ability Online," which was designed to provide support and information to a diverse group of parents using chat facilities, bulletin boards, and e-mail...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716353/assessment-of-progress-towards-universal-health-coverage-for-people-with-disabilities-in-afghanistan-a-multilevel-analysis-of-repeated-cross-sectional-surveys
#19
Jean-Francois Trani, Praveen Kumar, Ellis Ballard, Tarani Chandola
BACKGROUND: Since 2002, Afghanistan has made much effort to achieve universal health coverage. According to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, target eight, the provision of quality care to all must include usually underserved groups, including people with disabilities. We investigated whether a decade of international investment in the Afghan health system has brought quality health care to this group. METHODS: We used data from two representative household surveys, one done in 2005 and one in 2013, in 13 provinces of Afghanistan, that included questions about activity limitations and functioning difficulties, socioeconomic factors, perceived availability of health care, and experience with coverage of health-care needs...
August 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716350/progress-and-priorities-for-reproductive-maternal-newborn-and-child-health-in-kenya-a-countdown-to-2015-country-case-study
#20
Emily C Keats, Anthony Ngugi, William Macharia, Nadia Akseer, Emma Nelima Khaemba, Zaid Bhatti, Arjumand Rizvi, John Tole, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
BACKGROUND: Progress in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in Kenya has been inconsistent over the past two decades, despite the global push to foster accountability, reduce child mortality, and improve maternal health in an equitable manner. Although several cross-sectional assessments have been done, a systematic analysis of RMNCH in Kenya was needed to better understand the push and pull factors that govern intervention coverage and influence mortality trends...
August 2017: Lancet Global Health
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