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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641244/computerized-lung-sound-screening-for-pediatric-auscultation-in-noisy-field-environments
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Dimitra Emmanouilidou, Eric D McCollum, Daniel E Park, Mounya Elhilali
GOAL: Chest auscultations offer a non-invasive and low-cost tool for monitoring lung disease. However, they present many shortcomings including inter-listener variability, subjectivity, and vulnerability to noise and distortions. The current work proposes a computer-aided approach to process lung signals acquired in the field under adverse noisy conditions, by improving the signal quality and offering automated iden- tification of abnormal auscultations indicative of respiratory pathologies...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640678/hurricane-sandy-new-jersey-mortality-rates-in-the-following-month-and-quarter
#2
Soyeon Kim, Prathit A Kulkarni, Mangala Rajan, Pauline Thomas, Stella Tsai, Christina Tan, Amy Davidow
OBJECTIVES: To describe changes in mortality after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2012. METHODS: We used electronic death records to describe changes in all-cause and cause-specific mortality overall, in persons aged 76 years or older, and by 3 Sandy impact levels for the month and quarter following Hurricane Sandy compared with the same periods in earlier years adjusted for trends. RESULTS: All-cause mortality increased 6% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 2%, 11%) for the month, 5%, 8%, and 12% by increasing Sandy impact level; and 7% (95% CI = 5%, 10%) for the quarter, 5%, 8%, and 15% by increasing Sandy impact level...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634555/a-rare-case-of-pneumopericardium-in-the-setting-of-tuberculous-constrictive-pericarditis
#3
Lauro L Abrahan Iv, Stephanie Martha O Obillos, Jaime Alfonso M Aherrera, Jose Donato A Magno, Celia Catherine C Uy-Agbayani, Ulysses King G Gopez, Jobelle Joyce Anne R Baldonado
A 28-year-old Filipino male was admitted due to high-grade fevers and dyspnea on a background of chronic cough and weight loss. Due to clinical and echocardiographic signs of cardiac tamponade, emergency pericardiocentesis was performed on his first hospital day. Five days after, chest radiographs showed new pockets of radiolucency within the cardiac shadow, indicative of pneumopericardium. On repeat echo, air microbubbles admixed with loculated effusion were visualized in the anterior pericardial space. Constrictive physiology was also supported by a thickened pericardium, septal bounce, exaggerated respiratory variation in AV valve inflow, and IVC plethora...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634302/structure-of-human-fe-s-assembly-subcomplex-reveals-unexpected-cysteine-desulfurase-architecture-and-acyl-acp-isd11-interactions
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Seth A Cory, Jonathan G Van Vranken, Edward J Brignole, Shachin Patra, Dennis R Winge, Catherine L Drennan, Jared Rutter, David P Barondeau
In eukaryotes, sulfur is mobilized for incorporation into multiple biosynthetic pathways by a cysteine desulfurase complex that consists of a catalytic subunit (NFS1), LYR protein (ISD11), and acyl carrier protein (ACP). This NFS1-ISD11-ACP (SDA) complex forms the core of the iron-sulfur (Fe-S) assembly complex and associates with assembly proteins ISCU2, frataxin (FXN), and ferredoxin to synthesize Fe-S clusters. Here we present crystallographic and electron microscopic structures of the SDA complex coupled to enzyme kinetic and cell-based studies to provide structure-function properties of a mitochondrial cysteine desulfurase...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631763/-noninvasive-ventilation-general-characteristics-indications-and-review-of-the-literature
#5
Fabio Vagnarelli, Marco Marini, Giorgio Caretta, Fabiana Lucà, Emilia Biscottini, Alberto Lavorgna, Vincenza Procaccini, Letizia Riva, Gabriele Vianello, Nadia Aspromonte, Daniela Pini, Alessandro Navazio, Renata De Maria, Serafina Valente, Michele Massimo Gulizia
Noninvasive ventilation (NIV), including both continuous and bilevel positive airway pressure, plays a pivotal role in the treatment of acute respiratory failure secondary to acute heart failure. For an appropriate use of NIV, it is essential to consider the underlying pathophysiological principles, the differences between the different modes of ventilation, the main indications, contraindications and complications. The aim of this review is also to give practical guidance on how and when to start NIV at the bedside, how to monitor the response and how to choose the most appropriate interface...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630939/retrospective-surveillance-of-wastewater-to-examine-seasonal-dynamics-of-enterovirus-infections
#6
Nichole E Brinkman, G Shay Fout, Scott P Keely
Enteroviruses are RNA viruses that are responsible for both mild gastroenteritis and mild respiratory illnesses as well as debilitating diseases such as meningitis and myocarditis. The disease burden of enteroviruses in the United States is difficult to assess because most infections are not recorded. Since infected individuals shed enterovirus in feces and urine, surveillance of municipal wastewater can reveal the diversity of enteroviruses circulating in human populations. Therefore, monthly municipal wastewater samples were collected for 1 year and enteroviruses were quantified by reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR and identified by next-generation, high-throughput sequencing...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629920/pulmonary-hypertension-in-parenchymal-lung-diseases-any-future-for-new-therapies
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REVIEW
Sergio Harari, Davide Elia, Marc Humbert
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to chronic lung diseases is associated with a poor prognosis, regardless of the underlying respiratory condition. Updated PH guidelines recommend optimal treatment of the underlying lung disease, including long-term oxygen therapy, in patients with chronic hypoxaemia despite the lack of randomized controlled clinical trials supporting this statement. So far, randomized controlled trials on drugs approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) have yielded discouraging results in both interstitial lung diseases (ILD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) with PH...
June 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629604/novel-fkrp-mutations-in-a-japanese-mdc1c-sibship-clinically-diagnosed-with-fukuyama-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
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Mieko Yoshioka, Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Tatsushi Toda
INTRODUCTION: Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy (FCMD), caused by fukutin mutations, is the most common form of Japanese CMD. We followed a Japanese CMD sibship without fukutin mutation, and herein identified new FKRP mutations causing MDC1C rarely reported in Oriental countries. PATIENTS: Two affected siblings, individuals 1 (I-1, male) and 2 (I-2, female), were born uneventfully to unaffected, non-consanguineous parents. Severe hypotonia was soon apparent and serum CK levels were elevated: I-1: 1025 IU/L (normal range <130 IU/L) and I-2: 5350 IU/L...
June 16, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629590/bulky-dna-adducts-tobacco-smoking-genetic-susceptibility-and-lung-cancer-risk
#9
Armelle Munnia, Roger W Giese, Simone Polvani, Andrea Galli, Filippo Cellai, Marco E M Peluso
The generation of bulky DNA adducts consists of conjugates formed between large reactive electrophiles and DNA-binding sites. The term "bulky DNA adducts" comes from early experiments that employed a (32)P-DNA postlabeling approach. This technique has long been used to elucidate the association between adducts and carcinogen exposure in tobacco smoke studies and assess the predictive value of adducts in cancer risk. Molecular data showed increased DNA adducts in respiratory tracts of smokers vs nonsmokers. Experimental studies and meta-analysis demonstrated that the relationship between adducts and carcinogens was linear at low doses, but reached steady state at high exposure, possibly due to metabolic and DNA repair pathway saturation and increased apoptosis...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627976/administration-of-rocuronium-based-on-real-body-weight-versus-fat-free-mass-in-patients-with-lymphedema
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Zhang Jing, Aikeremujiang Muheremu, Pengfei Liu, Xiaoyun Hu, Zhao Binjiang
Objective To compare the clinical pharmacokinetics of rocuronium when applied according to fat-free mass versus real body weight during anesthetic induction of patients with lymphedema. Methods Sixty patients with lymphedema (age, 18-60 years; American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status, I-II) undergoing elective surgery with general anesthesia were randomly divided into two groups. Rocuronium was administered based on the fat-free mass in 30 patients and real body weight in 30 patients. General anesthesia was induced with propofol and remifentanil by target-controlled infusion...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626858/antibiotics-for-acute-bronchitis
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REVIEW
Susan M Smith, Tom Fahey, John Smucny, Lorne A Becker
BACKGROUND: The benefits and risks of antibiotics for acute bronchitis remain unclear despite it being one of the most common illnesses seen in primary care. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of antibiotics in improving outcomes and to assess adverse effects of antibiotic therapy for people with a clinical diagnosis of acute bronchitis. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL 2016, Issue 11 (accessed 13 January 2017), MEDLINE (1966 to January week 1, 2017), Embase (1974 to 13 January 2017), and LILACS (1982 to 13 January 2017)...
June 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624227/efficient-smn-rescue-following-subcutaneous-tricyclo-dna-antisense-oligonucleotide-treatment
#12
Valérie Robin, Graziella Griffith, John-Paul L Carter, Christian J Leumann, Luis Garcia, Aurélie Goyenvalle
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a recessive disease caused by mutations in the SMN1 gene, which encodes the protein survival motor neuron (SMN), whose absence dramatically affects the survival of motor neurons. In humans, the severity of the disease is lessened by the presence of a gene copy, SMN2. SMN2 differs from SMN1 by a C-to-T transition in exon 7, which modifies pre-mRNA splicing and prevents successful SMN synthesis. Splice-switching approaches using antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) have already been shown to correct this SMN2 gene transition, providing a therapeutic avenue for SMA...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624032/epidural-analgesia-for-traumatic-rib-fractures-is-associated-with-worse-outcomes-a-matched-analysis
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Katherine M McKendy, Lawrence F Lee, Kerianne Boulva, Dan L Deckelbaum, David S Mulder, Tarek S Razek, Jeremy R Grushka
BACKGROUND: The optimal method of pain control for patients with traumatic rib fractures is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of epidural analgesia on respiratory complications and in-hospital mortality in patients with rib fractures. METHODS: Adult patients at a level I trauma center with ≥1 rib fracture from blunt trauma were included (2004-2013). Those with a blunt-penetrating mechanism, traumatic brain injury, or underwent a laparotomy or thoracotomy were excluded...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623944/the-effect-of-combining-manual-therapy-with-exercise-for-mild-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Roger M Engel, Jaxson Wearing, Peter Gonski, Subramanyam Vemulpad
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of disability and hospital admission. Current management strategies have not been successful in altering the loss of lung function typically seen as the disease progresses. A recent systematic review into the use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in the management of COPD concluded that there was low level evidence to support the view that a combination of SMT and exercise had the potential to improve lung function more than exercise alone in people with moderate to severe COPD...
June 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623885/monitoring-the-electric-activity-of-the-diaphragm-during-noninvasive-positive-pressure-ventilation-a-case-report
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Fabia Diniz-Silva, Anna Miethke-Morais, Adriano M Alencar, Henrique T Moriya, Pedro Caruso, Eduardo L V Costa, Juliana C Ferreira
BACKGROUND: In patients with post-extubation respiratory distress, delayed reintubation may worsen clinical outcomes. Objective measures of extubation failure at the bedside are lacking, therefore clinical parameters are currently used to guide the need of reintubation. Electrical activity of the diaphragm (EAdi) provides clinicians with valuable, objective information about respiratory drive and could be used to monitor respiratory effort. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), from whom we recorded EAdi during four different ventilatory conditions: 1) invasive mechanical ventilation, 2) spontaneous breathing trial (SBT), 3) unassisted spontaneous breathing, and 4) Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NPPV)...
June 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622972/a-patient-led-international-study-of-long-term-outcomes-of-esophageal-atresia-eat-1
#16
Evelyn Svoboda, JoAnne Fruithof, Anke Widenmann-Grolig, Graham Slater, Frederic Armand, Bernhard Warner, Simon Eaton, Paolo De Coppi, Edward Hannon
INTRODUCTION: Long term outcomes of esophageal atresia (OA) are poorly understood. The Federation of Esophageal Atresia and Tracheo-Esophageal Fistula support groups (EAT), a collaboration of patient support groups aimed to define patient reported long term outcomes and quality of life (QoL) in a large international cohort of OA patients. METHODS: Questionnaires were designed focusing on patient/parent reported outcomes including surgical history, current symptomatology and quality of life...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621566/glutamate-dehydrogenase-is-essential-to-sustain-neuronal-oxidative-energy-metabolism-during-stimulation
#17
Michaela C Hohnholt, Vibe H Andersen, Jens V Andersen, Sofie K Christensen, Melis Karaca, Pierre Maechler, Helle S Waagepetersen
The enzyme glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH; Glud1) catalyzes the (reversible) oxidative deamination of glutamate to α-ketoglutarate accompanied by a reduction of NAD(+) to NADH. GDH connects amino acid, carbohydrate, neurotransmitter and oxidative energy metabolism. Glutamine is a neurotransmitter precursor used by neurons to sustain the pool of glutamate, but glutamine is also vividly oxidized for support of energy metabolism. This study investigates the role of GDH in neuronal metabolism by employing the Cns- Glud1(-/-) mouse, lacking GDH in the brain (GDH KO) and metabolic mapping using (13)C-labelled glutamine and glucose...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621155/the-role-of-telemedicine-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-management
#18
Vera Lugo, Jair Asir Villanueva, Onintza Garmendia, Josep M Montserrat
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disease that leads in notorious symptoms and comorbidities. Although general measures are important, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the best treatment option. However, compliance can be suboptimal and telemedicine may play a role to improve it. Areas covered: Review authors searched EMBASE, PubMed and Cochrane data bases using the following keywords: continuous positive airway pressure, Obstructive sleep apnea, telemedicine, respiratory telemedicine, information and communication technology...
June 16, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620499/intrauterine-death-following-intraamniotic-triiodothyronine-and-thyroxine-therapy-for-fetal-goitrous-hypothyroidism-associated-with-polyhydramnios-and-caused-by-a-thyroglobulin-mutation
#19
Pradeep Vasudevan, Corrina Powell, Adeline K Nicholas, Ian Scudamore, James Greening, Soo-Mi Park, Nadia Schoenmakers
In the absence of maternal thyroid disease or iodine deficiency, fetal goitre is rare and usually attributable to dyshormonogenesis, for which genetic ascertainment is not always undertaken in the UK. Mechanical complications include tracheal and oesophageal compression with resultant polyhydramnios, malpresentation at delivery and neonatal respiratory distress. We report an Indian kindred in which the proband (first-born son) had congenital hypothyroidism (CH) without obvious neonatal goitre. His mother's second pregnancy was complicated by fetal hypothyroid goitre and polyhydramnios, prompting amniotic fluid drainage and intraamniotic therapy (with liothyronine, T3 and levothyroxine, T4)...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620467/recent-advances-in-understanding-lung-function-development
#20
REVIEW
Erik Melén, Stefano Guerra
Recent years have witnessed critical contributions to our understanding of the determinants and long-term implications of lung function development. In this article, we review studies that have contributed to advances in understanding lung function development and its critical importance for lung health into adult life. In particular, we have focused on early life determinants that include genetic factors, perinatal events, environmental exposures, lifestyle, infancy lower respiratory tract infections, and persistent asthma phenotypes...
2017: F1000Research
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