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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445563/outbreak-of-occupational-dermatitis-associated-with-pyemotes-ventricosus
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Martyna Tomczyk-Socha, Katarzyna Jedrzejewska-Jurga, Joanna Limburska, Jaroslaw Tomczyk
Importance: Although Pyemotes spp have been known to cause dermatitis, recent reports are rare. During the past 30 years, only 3 outbreaks of dermatitis caused by Pyemotes ventricosus have been reported. Objective: To analyze the causative agent of skin changes in employees of a company that produced herbal medicines. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case series includes 18 patients (8 men, 10 women; mean age, 44 years) who contracted unusual dermatitis after an occupational exposure in July and August of 2012 while working for a company that produced herbal medicines...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432381/modulation-of-the-multidrug-efflux-pump-emrd-3-from-vibrio-cholerae-by-allium-sativum-extract-and-the-bioactive-agent-allyl-sulfide-plus-synergistic-enhancement-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-by-a-sativum-extract
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Merissa M Bruns, Prathusha Kakarla, Jared T Floyd, Mun Mun Mukherjee, Robert C Ponce, John A Garcia, Indrika Ranaweera, Leslie M Sanford, Alberto J Hernandez, T Mark Willmon, Grace L Tolson, Manuel F Varela
The causative agent of cholera, Vibrio cholerae, is a public health concern. Multidrug-resistant V. cholerae variants may reduce chemotherapeutic efficacies of severe cholera. We previously reported that the multidrug efflux pump EmrD-3 from V. cholerae confers resistance to multiple structurally distinct antimicrobials. Medicinal plant compounds are potential candidates for EmrD-3 efflux pump modulation. The antibacterial activities of garlic Allium sativum, although poorly understood, predicts that a main bioactive component, allyl sulfide, modulates EmrD-3 efflux...
April 21, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427561/molecular-targets-of-ascochlorin-and-its-derivatives-for-cancer-therapy
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Jason Chua Min-Wen, Benjamin Chua Yan-Jiang, Srishti Mishra, Xiaoyun Dai, Junji Magae, Ng Shyh-Chang, Alan Prem Kumar, Gautam Sethi
Cancer is an extremely complex disease comprising of a multitude of characteristic hallmarks that continue to evolve with time. At the genomic level, random mutations leading to deregulation of diverse oncogenic signal transduction cascades and polymorphisms coupled with environmental as well as life style-related factors are major causative agent contributing to chemoresistance and the failure of conventional therapies as well as molecular targeted agents. Hence, there is an urgent need to identify novel alternative therapies based on alternative medicines to combat this dreaded disease...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426414/amoebicidal-activity-of-%C3%AE-bisabolol-the-main-sesquiterpene-in-chamomile-matricaria-recutita-l-essential-oil-against-the-trophozoite-stage-of-acanthamoeba-castellani-neff
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Soumaya Hajaji, Ines Sifaoui, Atteneri López-Arencibia, María Reyes-Batlle, Basilio Valladares, José E Pinero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales, Hafidh Akkari
Acanthamoeba genus includes opportunistic pathogens which are distributed worldwide and are causative agents of a fatal encephalitis and severe keratitis in humans and other animals. Until present there are not fully effective therapeutic agents against this pathogen and thus the need to search for novel anti-amoebic compounds is urgent. Recently, essential oils of aromatic and medicinal plants have shown activity against Acanthamoeba strains. Therefore, this study was aimed to evaluate the activity of main component of chamomile essential oil (a sesquiterpene) namely α-bisabolol against the Acanthamoeba castellani Neff strain...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424835/-future-of-emergency-medicine-in-germany-2-0
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REVIEW
A Gries, M Bernhard, M Helm, J Brokmann, J-T Gräsner
In 2003 an article on the future of prehospital emergency medicine in Germany was published in the journal Der Anaesthesist. Emergency medicine in Germany, which at that time was almost exclusively defined as prehospital emergency rescue, has evolved and now in-hospital domains have increasingly moved into the focus. At that time, the primary goal was to connect prehospital management with a smooth transition to hospital admission and further care in the hospital and to further optimize the rescue chain from the actual emergency through to causative treatment...
April 19, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416821/pathogenic-variants-that-alter-protein-code-often-disrupt-splicing
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Rachel Soemedi, Kamil J Cygan, Christy L Rhine, Jing Wang, Charlston Bulacan, John Yang, Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, Jamie McDonald, William G Fairbrother
The lack of tools to identify causative variants from sequencing data greatly limits the promise of precision medicine. Previous studies suggest that one-third of disease-associated alleles alter splicing. We discovered that the alleles causing splicing defects cluster in disease-associated genes (for example, haploinsufficient genes). We analyzed 4,964 published disease-causing exonic mutations using a massively parallel splicing assay (MaPSy), which showed an 81% concordance rate with splicing in patient tissue...
April 17, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396090/executive-summary-of-imported-infectious-diseases-after-returning-from-foreign-travel-consensus-document-of-the-spanish-society-for-infectious-diseases-and-clinical-microbiology-seimc
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José Luis Pérez-Arellano, Miguel Górgolas-Hernández-Mora, Fernando Salvador, Cristina Carranza-Rodríguez, Germán Ramírez-Olivencia, Esteban Martín-Echeverría, Azucena Rodríguez-Guardado, Francesca Norman, Virginia Velasco-Tirado, Zuriñe Zubero-Sulibarría, Gerardo Rojo-Marcos, José Muñoz-Gutierrez, José Manuel Ramos-Rincón, M Paz Sánchez-Seco-Fariñas, María Velasco-Arribas, Moncef Belhassen-García, Mar Lago-Nuñez, Elías Cañas García-Otero, Rogelio López-Vélez
In a global world, knowledge of imported infectious diseases is essential in daily practice, both for the microbiologist-parasitologist and the clinician who diagnoses and treats infectious diseases in returned travelers. Tropical and subtropical countries where there is a greater risk of contracting an infectious disease are among the most frequently visited tourist destinations. The SEIMC considers it appropriate to produce a consensus document that will be useful to primary care physicians as well as specialists in internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine who help treat travelers returning from tropical and sub-tropical areas with infections...
April 7, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366376/negative-dysphotopsia-causes-and-rationale-for-prevention-and-treatment
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Jack T Holladay, Michael J Simpson
PURPOSE: To determine the cause of negative dysphotopsia using standard ray-tracing techniques and identify the primary and secondary causative factors. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. DESIGN: Experimental study. METHODS: Zemax ray-tracing software was used to evaluate pseudophakic and phakic eye models to show the location of retinal field images from various visual field objects...
February 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353157/spontaneously-reported-adverse-reactions-for-herbal-medicinal-products-and-natural-remedies-in-sweden-2007-15-report-from-the-medical-products-agency
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Erika Svedlund, Maria Larsson, Robert Hägerkvist
BACKGROUND: In relation to the extensive use of herbal medicinal products in self-care, the safety information is limited and there is a need for improvement. This study describes spontaneously reported adverse reactions related to herbal medicinal products and natural remedies in Sweden. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the characteristics and frequency of adverse events recorded by the Swedish Medical Products Agency, where herbal medicinal products and natural remedies were suspected as causative agents...
March 28, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317488/association-between-periodontal-health-status-and-cognitive-abilities-the-role-of-cytokine-profile-and-systemic-inflammation
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Marta Sochocka, Maciej Sobczyński, Aleksandra Sender-Janeczek, Katarzyna Zwolińska, Olga Błachowicz, Tomasz Tomczyk, Marek Ziętek, Jerzy Leszek
BACKGROUND: Contemporary neurobiology, periodontal medicine, and immunology are now focusing on the relationship between chronic periodontitis and systemic diseases, that also include Alzheimer's disease (AD). However a causative relationship between dementia and periodontitis has yet to be confirmed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine whether periodontal health status and cognitive abilities are correlated with the relative changes in systemic measures of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines as a reflection of systemic inflammation...
March 16, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274529/japanese-herbal-medicine-induced-pneumonitis-a-review-of-73-patients
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Yasunori Enomoto Md, Yutaro Nakamura Md PhD, Noriyuki Enomoto Md PhD, Tomoyuki Fujisawa Md PhD, Naoki Inui Md PhD, Takafumi Suda
BACKGROUND: The number of reports concerning Japanese herbal medicine (JHM)-induced pneumonitis has increased. However, comprehensive data are lacking in this regard, and the clinical characteristics of the disease remain unclear. METHODS: A literature review was performed using PubMed and Ichushi-Web-the database of the Japan Medical Abstracts Society-to identify articles published between 1996 and 2015 describing patients with JHM-induced pneumonitis. The final cohort included 73 patients in 59 articles (7 in English; 52 in Japanese)...
March 2017: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236292/the-role-of-genomics-in-common-variable-immunodeficiency-disorders
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REVIEW
A-K Kienzler, C E Hargreaves, S Y Patel
The advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) and 'omic' technologies has revolutionized the field of genetics, and its implementation in health care has the potential to realize precision medicine. Primary immunodeficiencies (PID) are a group of rare diseases which have benefited from NGS, with a massive increase in causative genes identified in the past few years. Common variable immunodeficiency disorders (CVID) are a heterogeneous form of PID and the most common form of antibody failure in children and adults...
February 25, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235402/anti-mycobacteria-potential-and-synergistic-effects-of-combined-crude-extracts-of-selected-medicinal-plants-used-by-bapedi-traditional-healers-to-treat-tuberculosis-related-symptoms-in-limpopo-province-south-africa
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Nancy Patience Motlalepula Komape, Victor Patrick Bagla, Prudence Kabongo-Kayoka, Peter Masoko
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is an infectious communicable disease and the causative agent of the disease has over the years developed resistance to streamline chemotherapeutic agents with dire consequences and there is a need for development of new and more potent alternatives. METHODS: Constituents of leaves material of Combretum heroroense, Citrus lemon and Apodytes dimidiata were serially extracted using solvents of varying polarity. TLC finger print profile of the different extracts were determined by spraying eluted plates with vanillin sulphuric acid and 2, 2- diphenylpicryl hydrazyl (DPPH) for the presence of antioxidant constituents...
February 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214526/recent-advances-in-human-genetics-and-epigenetics-of-adiposity-pathway-to-precision-medicine
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Tove Fall, Michael Mendelson, Elizabeth K Speliotes
Obesity is a heritable trait that contributes to substantial global morbidity and mortality. Here, we summarize findings from the past decade of genetic and epigenetic research focused on unravelling the underpinnings of adiposity. More than 140 genetic regions now are known to influence adiposity traits. The genetics of general adiposity, as measured by body mass index, and that of abdominal obesity, as measured by waist-to-hip ratio, have distinct biological backgrounds. Gene expression associated with general adiposity is enriched in the nervous system...
February 15, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206990/a-familial-study-of-azoospermic-men-identifies-three-novel-causative-mutations-in-three-new-human-azoospermia-genes
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Moran Gershoni, Ron Hauser, Leah Yogev, Ofer Lehavi, Foad Azem, Haim Yavetz, Shmuel Pietrokovski, Sandra E Kleiman
PURPOSE: Up to 1% of all men experience azoospermia, a condition of complete absence of sperm in the semen. The mechanisms and genes involved in spermatogenesis are mainly studied in model organisms, and their relevance to humans is unclear because human genetic studies are very scarce. Our objective was to uncover novel human mutations and genes causing azoospermia due to testicular meiotic maturation arrest. METHODS: Affected and unaffected siblings from three families were subjected to whole-exome or whole-genome sequencing, followed by comprehensive bioinformatics analyses to identify mutations suspected to cause azoospermia...
February 16, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206814/biomarkers-in-tumor-microenvironment-upregulation-of-fibroblast-activation-protein-%C3%AE-correlates-with-gastric-cancer-progression-and-poor-prognosis
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Mengmou Hu, Chengjia Qian, Ziwei Hu, Bojian Fei, Haibo Zhou
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Recent evidence points to importance of cross talk between cancer cells and the surrounding stroma on gastric cancer progression. Tumor microenvironment biomarkers thus represent a new opportunity for diagnostics innovation. Reactive stromal fibroblasts selectively express the fibroblast activation protein alpha (FAP-α), a homodimeric integral membrane gelatinase that belongs to the serine protease family. We report here that FAP-α expression is significantly elevated in gastric cancer samples by more than fivefold (p < 0...
January 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202295/feasibility-of-upright-patient-positioning-and-intubation-success-rates-at-two-academic-emergency-departments
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Joseph S Turner, Timothy J Ellender, Enola R Okonkwo, Tyler M Stepsis, Andrew C Stevens, Erik G Sembroski, Christopher S Eddy, Anthony J Perkins, Dylan D Cooper
OBJECTIVES: Endotracheal intubation is most commonly taught and performed in the supine position. Recent literature suggests that elevating the patient's head to a more upright position may decrease peri-intubation complications. However, there is little data on the feasibility of upright intubation in the emergency department. The goal of this study was to measure the success rate of emergency medicine residents performing intubation in supine and non-supine, including upright positions...
February 5, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198756/utility-of-assessing-cytokine-levels-for-the-differential-diagnosis-of-pneumonia-in-a-pediatric-population
#18
Jian-Ming Zhou, Qing Ye
OBJECTIVES: Although pneumonia is easily diagnosed, determining the causative agent is difficult due to low pathogen detection rates. We performed a prospective observational study to evaluate the utility of measuring inflammatory cytokine levels to discriminate between pneumonia caused by typical bacteria, respiratory syncytial virus, or Mycoplasma pneumoniae in a pediatric population. DESIGN: Serum inflammatory cytokine levels at early stages of the disease were evaluated for pneumonia caused by the three different pathogenic microorganisms...
April 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187957/discovery-of-n-2-aminoethyl-n-benzyloxyphenyl-benzamides-new-potent-trypanosoma-brucei-inhibitors
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Andriy Buchynskyy, J Robert Gillespie, Matthew A Hulverson, Joshua McQueen, Sharon A Creason, Ranae M Ranade, Nicole A Duster, Michael H Gelb, Frederick S Buckner
A phenotypic screen of a compound library for antiparasitic activity on Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), led to the identification of N-(2-aminoethyl)-N-phenyl benzamides as a starting point for hit-to-lead medicinal chemistry. Eighty two analogues were prepared, which led to the identification of a set of highly potent N-(2-aminoethyl)-N-benzyloxyphenyl benzamides with the most potent compound 73 having an in vitro EC50=0.001μM. The compounds displayed drug-like properties when tested in a number of in vitro assays...
March 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157411/novel-lipidomic-biomarkers-in-hyperlipidemia-and-cardiovascular-diseases-an-integrative-biology-analysis
#20
Sneha Rai, Sonika Bhatnagar
Lipidomics is a new frontier of omics research and offers much promise for new-generation biomarkers for common complex phenotypes such as hyperlipidemia (HL) and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). HL is a disorder characterized by increased levels of blood lipids and is a well-established risk factor for CVD. Traditional clinical markers for prognosis of hyperlipidemic individuals are inadequate to forecast or diagnose cardiac events. In this expert review, lipidomic profiles from recent HL and CVD studies were compared with the normolipidemic profile prepared from the Standard Reference Material...
March 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
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