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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343193/role-of-genetic-mutations-in-development-of-immunological-and-clinical-disorders-in-children-with-chronic-pyelonephritis
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Vira P Harshman, Tetyana O Kryuchko, Iryna O Kolenko, Tetyana V Kushnereva, Olha Y Tkachenko
INTRODUCTION: At the present time, the study of mechanisms of recognition of foreign agents, which is realized by means of Toll-like receptors (TLR) of the innate immune system, has become one of the main tasks of clinical immunology. The aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of polymorphism of Toll-like receptor 4 (Asp299Gly, Gly299Gly) among children with chronic pyelonephritis (CP) and determine the association of this TLR4 polymorphism with phenotypic features of chronic pyelonephritis and level of interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342886/using-genetic-data-to-improve-species-distribution-models
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Jérémy Bouyer, Renaud Lancelota
Tsetse flies (Diptera, Glossinidae) transmit human and animal trypanosomoses in Africa, respectively a neglected human disease (sleeping sickness) and the most important constraint to cattle production in infested countries (nagana). We recently developed a methodology to map landscape friction (i.e. resistance to movement) for tsetse in West Africa. The goal was to identify natural barriers to tsetse dispersal, and potentially isolated tsetse populations for targeting elimination programmes. Most species distribution models neglect landscape functional connectivity whereas environmental factors affecting suitability or abundance are not necessarily the same as those influencing gene flows...
March 22, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339972/factors-associated-with-sickness-absence-among-employees-with-chronic-conditions
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L Meng, K T Robinson, M L Smith
Background: The growing prevalence of chronic conditions in the ageing workforce has been shown to have a negative impact in terms of optimal work performance and quality of life. It is therefore important to understand the factors associated with sickness absence due to health problems. Aims: To examine the socio-demographics, health status indicators, barriers to self-care and social support associated with working adults missing work because of chronic conditions...
March 8, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339654/daily-alcohol-consumption-and-sickness-absence-in-the-gazel-cohort
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Sophie Morois, Guillaume Airagnes, Cédric Lemogne, Annette Leclerc, Frédéric Limosin, Stephen Goldberg, Eléonore Herquelot, Marcel Goldberg, Marie Zins
: Previous studies that examined the association between daily alcohol consumption and sickness absences (SA) were mostly retrospective and did not take into account the characteristics of SA.  : A total of 9907 daily drinkers (8442 men and 1465 women) of the GAZEL prospective cohort were included. Daily alcohol consumption over the three previous years was self-reported at baseline and categorized as low, moderate, high or very high risk according to the World Health Organization. Duration of SA (short: ≤7 days; moderate: 8-28; long: >28) was collected from administrative records as well as causes for long SA...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339586/framing-tobacco-dependence-as-a-brain-disease-implications-for-policy-and-practice
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Kylie Morphett, Adrian Carter, Wayne Hall, Coral Gartner
Introduction: Like other forms of drug dependence, tobacco dependence is increasingly being described as a "chronic brain disease." The potential consequences of this medical labelling have been examined in relation to other addictions, but the implications for tobacco control have been neglected. Some have posited that biomedical conceptions of addiction will reduce stigma and increase uptake of efficacious treatments. Others have countered that it could increase stigma, reduce treatment seeking, and deter unassisted quitting...
January 21, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338596/operation-versus-antibiotics-the-appendicitis-conundrum-continues-a-meta-analysis
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Joseph V Sakran, Konstantinos S Mylonas, Alexandros Gryparis, Stanislaw P Stawicki, Christopher J Burns, Maher M Matar, Konstantinos P Economopoulos
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis continues to constitute a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. The aim of this study was to synthesize evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing nonoperative versus surgical management of uncomplicated acute appendicitis in adult patients. METHODS: A systematic literature search of the PubMed, Cochrane and Scopus databases was performed with respect to the PRISMA statement (end-of-search date: January 29, 2017). Data on the study design, interventions, participants, and outcomes were extracted by two independent reviewers...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338555/retinal-detachment-and-retrobulbar-cysts-in-a-large-cohort-of-optic-nerve-coloboma
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Yufeng N Chen, C K Patel, Peter J Kertes, Robert G Devenyi, Susan Blaser, Wai-Ching Lam
PURPOSE: To examine the relationship between retinal detachment and retrobulbar cysts in patients with optic nerve coloboma (ONC) and Morning Glory syndrome (MGS). METHODS: Patients diagnosed with either ONC or MGS were identified through a search of the Sick Kids database. Seventy-one patients either agreed to come in for a B-scan or had an incidental orbital B-scan or magnetic resonance imaging or both. Eyes with orbital B-scan ultrasound and/or magnetic resonance imaging images were assessed independently by two ophthalmologists and a radiologist for the presence of retrobulbar cysts...
March 23, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336821/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-reduces-renal-lactate-production
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Thomas S Nørlinger, Per Mose Nielsen, Haiyun Qi, Emmeli Mikkelsen, Kasper Hansen, Nikolaj H Schmidt, Michael Pedersen, Peter Agger, Fredrik Palm, Christoffer Laustsen
Intrarenal hypoxia is an acknowledged factor contributing to the development of diabetic nephropathy. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a well-known adjuvant treatment for several medical conditions, such as decompression sickness, infections, and wound healing. The underlying metabolic response of HBO is largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect of HBO on the intrarenal metabolic alteration in diabetes. Hyperpolarized [1-(13)C]pyruvate MRI was performed to assess intrarenal energy metabolism in normoglycemic controls and short-term (2 weeks) streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats with and without HBO for five consecutive days...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336003/efficacy-of-a-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-based-indoor-anti-odor-product-as-assessed-by-electronic-nose-and-gaschromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Mara Mirasoli, Roberto Gotti, Massimo Di Fusco, Giulia Basaglia, Jessica Fiori, Aldo Roda
Indoor air pollutants and odorants may have psychological and physical impact on exposed individuals and the unpleasant room air is considered as one of the factors associated with sick building syndrome comprising general symptoms such as headache and lethargy. Approaches for improving the quality of indoor air are thus important as support for human health and well-being. Photo-oxidation catalyzed by titanium dioxide (TiO2), is one of the methods used for elimination of volatile organic compounds, which are the cause of odor nuisance in indoor and outdoor air...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335825/canine-tick-borne-diseases-in-pet-dogs-from-romania
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Martin O Andersson, Conny Tolf, Paula Tamba, Mircea Stefanache, Jonas Waldenström, Gerhard Dobler, Lidia Chițimia-Dobler
BACKGROUND: Tick-borne diseases are of substantial concern worldwide for animals as well as humans. Dogs have been a human companion for millennia, and their significant impact on human life renders disease in dogs to be of great concern. Tick-borne diseases in dogs represent a substantial diagnostic challenge for veterinarians in that clinical signs are often diffuse and overlapping. In addition, co-infections with two or more pathogens enhance this problem further. Molecular methods are useful to disentangle co-infections and to accurately describe prevalence and geographical distribution of tick-borne diseases...
March 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334466/home-care-services-for-sick-children-healthcare-professionals-conceptions-of-challenges-and-facilitators
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Charlotte Castor, Inger Hallström, Helena Hansson, Kajsa Landgren
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore healthcare professionals' conceptions of caring for sick children in home care services. BACKGROUND: Families often prefer home care to hospital care and the number of home care services for children is increasing. Caring for children at home has been recognised as challenging for healthcare professionals in home care services used to providing care predominately for adults. DESIGN: An inductive qualitative design...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334017/genome-wide-rnai-selection-identifies-a-regulator-of-transmission-stage-enriched-gene-families-and-cell-type-differentiation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Eva Rico, Alasdair Ivens, Lucy Glover, David Horn, Keith R Matthews
Trypanosoma brucei, causing African sleeping-sickness, exploits quorum-sensing (QS) to generate the 'stumpy forms' necessary for the parasite's transmission to tsetse-flies. These quiescent cells are generated by differentiation in the bloodstream from proliferative slender forms. Using genome-wide RNAi selection we screened for repressors of transmission stage-enriched mRNAs in slender forms, using the stumpy-elevated ESAG9 transcript as a model. This identified REG9.1, whose RNAi-silencing alleviated ESAG9 repression in slender forms and tsetse-midgut procyclic forms...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333983/alterations-in-amino-acid-status-in-cats-with-feline-dysautonomia
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Bruce C McGorum, Herb W Symonds, Clare Knottenbelt, Tom A Cave, Susan J MacDonald, Joanna Stratton, Irene Leon, Judith A Turner, R Scott Pirie
Feline dysautonomia (FD) is a multiple system neuropathy of unknown aetiology. An apparently identical disease occurs in horses (equine grass sickness, EGS), dogs, rabbits, hares, sheep, alpacas and llamas. Horses with acute EGS have a marked reduction in plasma concentrations of the sulphur amino acids (SAA) cyst(e)ine and methionine, which may reflect exposure to a neurotoxic xenobiotic. The aim of this study was to determine whether FD cats have alterations in amino acid profiles similar to those of EGS horses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333581/the-social-construction-of-fibromyalgia-as-a-health-problem-from-the-perspective-of-policies-professionals-and-patients
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Erica Briones-Vozmediano
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a painful chronic disease, suffered mainly by women, that consolidates a number of symptoms and skeletal muscle issues which are little understood. OBJECTIVES: To explore the social construction of FM from the perspective of health policies, patients, and health professionals involved in their medical attention. METHODS: I) Policy review of national and regional health plans in a national and international context, the clinical protocols for fibromyalgia in Spain, and the Parliamentary initials in the European and Spanish context; and ii) Qualitative study involving 28 personal interviews with 16 fibromyalgia patients and 12 interviews with health care professionals in Spain...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333563/effect-of-high-altitude-exposure-on-intraocular-pressure-using-goldmann-applanation-tonometry
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Gabriel Willmann, Kai Schommer, Maximilian Schultheiss, M Dominik Fischer, Karl-Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Florian Gekeler, Andreas Schatz
Willmann, Gabriel, Kai Schommer, Maximilian Schultheiss, M. Dominik Fischer, Karl-Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Florian Gekeler, and Andreas Schatz. Effect of high altitude exposure on intraocular pressure using Goldmann applanation tonometry. High Alt Med Biol. 00:000-000, 2017. AIMS: The aim of the study was to quantify changes of intraocular pressure (IOP) during exposure to 4559 m using the state-of-the-art method of Goldmann applanation tonometry for IOP measurement and to detect correlations between IOP and acute mountain sickness (AMS) in a prospective manner...
March 23, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332650/a-contagious-bovine-pleuropneumonia-outbreak-on-a-research-farm-in-ethiopia-and-its-dynamics-over-an-eight-month-period
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G Almaw, M Duguma, A Wubetie, G Tuli, T Koran
Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) was recognised on Bako Agricultural Research Farm, in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, for the first time on 5 May 2011. The outbreak was investigated by combining recognition of clinical signs, post-mortem examination, mycoplasma isolation and serological testing using competitive enzymelinked immunosorbent assay (c-ELISA). The clinical cases were monitored for eight months; sick animals were treated with a range of antibiotics and isolated if necessary. The outbreak of CBPP was confirmed both bacteriologically and serologically and had spread to almost the entire herd (96...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332411/underneath-the-academic-curiosity
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Miguel Leal-Rato
As a medical student, I have now almost 6 years of academic studies and clinical interaction with numerous patients, though sometimes brief and superficial. I have found that sometimes it is truly hard to grasp how humane a person is behind their sickness. Fortunately, I have been hitherto able to avoid the almost natural desensitization our degree imposes upon us, either through my own process of thought or through a kind warning of some of "my" patients. Having been particularly thrown aback by the keen eye of a patient I had the opportunity to meet in an Oncology ward, I realized that I had much more to consider when studying a clinical case and that rarely a cancer (or a disease whatever it may be) is but a cancer...
March 23, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330570/-information-quality-in-general-public-french-speaking-websites-dedicated-to-oral-cancer-detection
#18
A Vivien, V Kowalski, A Chatellier, E Babin, H Bénateau, A Veyssière
INTRODUCTION: The goal set by the French highest national authorities in the 2014-2019 Cancer Plan is to "heal more sick persons by promoting early diagnosis through screening". Screening requires information. Nowadays, Internet allows for access to information "in one click". The aim of our study was to evaluate the quality of information found on the Internet. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Several sites dedicated to oral cavity cancer screening were selected on Google...
February 2017: J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329427/what-drives-perceived-work-intensity-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units-empirical-evidence-from-a-longitudinal-study
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Sandra Sülz, Kristina Langhammer, Michael Becker-Peth, Bernhard Roth
AIM: To investigate the drivers of perceived work intensity among neonatal intensive care unit nurses. BACKGROUND: The consequences of high work intensity have been studied extensively, yet setting-specific drivers have received less attention. DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal and monocentric study design. METHODS: The study combined data from standardized diary surveys and passive observations of study nurses. Data were collected over a period of six months in 2015...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329329/increased-transmissibility-of-leishmania-donovani-from-the-mammalian-host-to-vector-sand-flies-after-multiple-exposures-to-sand-fly-bites
#20
Joanna G Valverde, Andrea Paun, Ehud Inbar, Audrey Romano, Michael Lewis, Kashinath Ghosh, David Sacks
Background: Patients with active visceral leishmaniasis are important reservoirs in the anthroponotic transmission cycle of Leishmania donovani. The role of the blood or skin as a source of infection to sand flies remains unclear, and the possible effect of multiple exposures to fly bites on transmissibility has not been addressed. Methods: L. donovani infected hamsters were exposed to xenodiagnoses with Lutzomyia longipalpis on the same or different sites on the abdomen on two consecutive days, or by artificial feeding on the skin or blood...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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