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Lawrence Mj Best, Yemisi Takwoingi, Sulman Siddique, Abiram Selladurai, Akash Gandhi, Benjamin Low, Mohammad Yaghoobi, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection has been implicated in a number of malignancies and non-malignant conditions including peptic ulcers, non-ulcer dyspepsia, recurrent peptic ulcer bleeding, unexplained iron deficiency anaemia, idiopathic thrombocytopaenia purpura, and colorectal adenomas. The confirmatory diagnosis of H pylori is by endoscopic biopsy, followed by histopathological examination using haemotoxylin and eosin (H & E) stain or special stains such as Giemsa stain and Warthin-Starry stain...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Zhuoyan Li, Myriam Labopin, Fabio Ciceri, Didier Blaise, Johanna Tischer, Gerhard Ehninger, M T Van Lint, Yener Koc, Stella Santarone, Edouard Forcade, Luca Castagna, Emmanuelle Polge, Audrey Mailhol, Annalisa Ruggeri, Mohamad Mohty, Bipin N Savani, Arnon Nagler
Secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML) traditionally has inferior outcomes compared to de novo AML. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is the sole potentially curative therapy. This study analyzes the outcomes for unmanipulated haploidentical HCT (haploHCT) for sAML using the EBMT aute leukemia working group (ALWP) registry. We identified 154 patients with sAML who underwent haploHCT from 2006-2016. Median age at HCT was 60 years with time from diagnosis to HCT 5 months. At transplantation, 69 patients were in first CR and 85 had active disease...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Hematology
Sara C Atehortúa, Luz H Lugo, Mateo Ceballos, Esteban Orozco, Paula A Castro, Juan C Arango, Heidi E Mateus
OBJECTIVES: To determine the cost-effectiveness ratio of different courses of action for the diagnosis of Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy in Colombia. METHODS: The cost-effectiveness analysis was performed from the Colombian health system perspective. Decision trees were constructed, and different courses of action were compared considering the following tests: immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blot (WB), multiplex polymerase chain reaction, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), and the complete sequencing of the dystrophin gene...
March 9, 2018: Value in Health Regional Issues
F Senese, P Rucci, M P Fantini, D Gibertoni, E Semrov, M Nassisi, R Messina, C Travaglini
BACKGROUND: Information on individual mental healthcare costs and utilization patterns in Italy is scant. We analysed the use and the annual costs of community mental health services (MHS) in an Italian local health authority (LHA). Our aims are to compare the characteristics of patients in the top decile of costs with those of the remaining 90%, and to investigate the demographic and clinical determinants of costs. METHODS: This retrospective study is based on administrative data of adult patients with at least one contact with MHS in 2013...
March 4, 2018: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
Donghuan Lu, Karteek Popuri, Gavin Weiguang Ding, Rakesh Balachandar, Mirza Faisal Beg
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases with a commonly seen prodromal mild cognitive impairment (MCI) phase where memory loss is the main complaint progressively worsening with behavior issues and poor self-care. However, not all individuals clinically diagnosed with MCI progress to AD. A fraction of subjects with MCI either progress to non-AD dementia or remain stable at the MCI stage without progressing to dementia. Although a curative treatment of AD is currently unavailable, it is extremely important to correctly identify the individuals in the MCI phase that will go on to develop AD so that they may benefit from a curative treatment when one becomes available in the near future...
February 21, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
Alicia R Jones, Alan McNeil, Christopher Yates, Bala Krishnamurthy, Peter S Hamblin
A variety of neoplastic, inflammatory and congenital conditions can cause pituitary stalk thickening. Differentiating between these causes is important as targeted treatment may be offered. Diagnostic work-up consists of a thorough history, examination, biochemical analysis and imaging. We present the case of a 33-year-old male who presented with diabetes insipidus and had pituitary stalk thickening on magnetic resonance imaging. Further investigations revealed an elevated CSF βhCG, which raised the possibility of an intracranial germ cell tumor...
2018: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
Abdulrahman M Jabour, Brian E Dixon, Josette F Jones, David A Haggstrom
BACKGROUND: Cancer registries systematically collect cancer-related data to support cancer surveillance activities. However, cancer data are often unavailable for months to years after diagnosis, limiting its utility. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify the barriers to rapid cancer reporting and identify ways to shorten the turnaround time. METHODS: Certified cancer registrars reporting to the Indiana State Department of Health cancer registry participated in a semistructured interview...
March 1, 2018: JMIR Cancer
Temmy Sunyoto, Gamal K Adam, Atia M Atia, Yassin Hamid, Rabie Ali Babiker, Nugdalla Abdelrahman, Catiane Vander Kelen, Koert Ritmeijer, Gabriel Alcoba, Margriet den Boer, Albert Picado, Marleen Boelaert
Early diagnosis and treatment is the principal strategy to control visceral leishmaniasis (VL), or kala-azar in East Africa. As VL strikes remote rural, sparsely populated areas, kala-azar care might not be accessed optimally or timely. We conducted a qualitative study to explore access barriers in a longstanding kala-azar endemic area in southern Gadarif, Sudan. Former kala-azar patients or caretakers, community leaders, and health-care providers were purposively sampled and thematic data analysis was used...
February 26, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
M Al Ahmad, N Arifhodzic, J Nurkic, E Jusufovic, A L Hanoun, T Rodriguez
Introduction. Sensitization to cat allergens is common worldwide. Currently, there is a trend towards costly and often unavailable diagnostic analysis. Objectives. The aim is to assess the reliability of skin prick test (SPT) and serum specific IgE (ssIgE) to cat sensitization, by performing nasal challenge test (NCT) in a community with low cat ownership but common presence of stray cats. Patients and methods. Forty-one pa-tients with perennial allergic rhinitis (AR) who were mono or polysensitized (including cat) were included...
January 17, 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Attia Anwar, Provvidenza Maria Abruzzo, Sabah Pasha, Kashif Rajpoot, Alessandra Bolotta, Alessandro Ghezzo, Marina Marini, Annio Posar, Paola Visconti, Paul J Thornalley, Naila Rabbani
Background: Clinical chemistry tests for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are currently unavailable. The aim of this study was to explore the diagnostic utility of proteotoxic biomarkers in plasma and urine, plasma protein glycation, oxidation, and nitration adducts, and related glycated, oxidized, and nitrated amino acids (free adducts), for the clinical diagnosis of ASD. Methods: Thirty-eight children with ASD (29 male, 9 female; age 7.6 ± 2.0 years) and 31 age-matched healthy controls (23 males, 8 females; 8...
2018: Molecular Autism
Katja Eggermann, Burkhard Gess, Martin Häusler, Joachim Weis, Andreas Hahn, Ingo Kurth
BACKGROUND: Hereditary peripheral neuropathies constitute a large group of genetic diseases, with an overall prevalence of 1:2500. In recent years, the use of so-called next-generation sequencing (NGS) has led to the identification of many previously unknown involved genes and genetic defects that cause neuropathy. In this article, we review the procedures and utility of genetic evaluation for hereditary neurop - athies, while also considering the implications of the fact that causally directed treatment of these disorders is generally unavailable...
February 9, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Paul Ruff, Herbert Cubasch, Maureen Joffe, Evan Rosenbaum, Nivashni Murugan, Ming-Chih Tsai, Oluwatosin Ayeni, Katherine D Crew, Judith S Jacobson, Alfred I Neugut
Background: Neoadjuvant (primary) chemotherapy (NACT) is the standard of care for locally advanced breast cancer. It also allows for the short-term assessment of chemotherapy response; a pathological complete responses correspond to improved long-term breast cancer outcomes. In sub-Saharan Africa, many patients are diagnosed with large nonresectable tumors. We examined NACT use in breast cancer patients who visited public hospitals in Johannesburg, South Africa. Methods: We assessed demographic characteristics, tumor stage and grade, hormone receptor status, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status of female patients diagnosed with nonmetastatic invasive carcinoma of the breast at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2011...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
Pavan S Upadhyayula, John K Yue, Jason Yang, Harjus S Birk, Joseph D Ciacci
Introduction: Rural and low-resource areas have diminished capacity to care for neurosurgical patients due to lack of infrastructure, healthcare investment, and training programs. This review summarizes the range of rural neurosurgical procedures, novel mechanisms for delivering care, rapid training programs, and outcome differences across international rural neurosurgical practice. Methods: A comprehensive literature search was performed for English language manuscripts with keywords "rural" and "neurosurgery" using the National Library of Medicine PubMed database (01/1971-06/2017)...
January 2018: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Fang Xu, James M Dahlhamer, Emily P Zammitti, Anne G Wheaton, Janet B Croft
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, involves chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. In 2015, an estimated 3.1 million adults in the United States had ever received a diagnosis of IBD (1). Nationally representative samples of adults with IBD have been unavailable or too small to assess relationships between IBD and other chronic conditions and health-risk behaviors (2). To assess the prevalence of health-risk behaviors and chronic conditions among adults with and without IBD, CDC aggregated survey data from the 2015 and 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)...
February 16, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Tsuguto Fujimoto
Enterovirus A71 (EV-A71), coxsackievirus A16 (CV-A16), and CV-A6 are the major causative agents of Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD). These viruses belong to the species Enterovirus A of the genus Enterovirus of the family Picornaviridae. These viruses can also cause aseptic meningitis (AM), encephalitis and/or paralysis. EV-A71 is one of the main infectious agents related to severe encephalitis. Between 1997 and 2013, East and Southeast Asia experienced large encephalitis outbreaks caused by EV-A71 infections, which ranged from severe to lethal...
February 2018: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Li Feng, Dingbang Chen, Hongyan Zhou, Cunzhou Shen, Haiyan Wang, Xunsha Sun, Xiulin Liang, Ling Chen
Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is a very rare tumor of increasing incidence. It is often misdiagnosed due to the unspecific presentation or unavailable biopsy, and results in poor prognosis. PCNSL involved the spinal cord is extremely sparse. Here we report a gentleman presented with one-year history of progressive tremor in the left limbs and slight dysarthria as well as three-month history of paraparesis, tinnitus and insomnia. MR images disclosed the swollen cerebellum and cauda equine, with contrast enhancement in both meninges and nerve roots...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Edith Mawunyo Ackuaku-Dogbe, Josephine Akpalu, Benjamin Abaidoo
PURPOSE: Thyroid-associated orbitopathy (TAO), a clinical manifestation of Graves' disease, is an autoimmune disorder of the orbital and periorbital tissue. Data on the epidemiology and clinical presentation of TAO in Africa are generally scarce and unavailable in Ghana. We investigated the epidemiology and clinical features of TAO among patients with thyroid disorders attending the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study of patients diagnosed with thyroid disorders which was conducted at the endocrine and orbital clinics of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital...
October 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Michaela C Baldauf, Martin F Orth, Marlene Dallmayer, Aruna Marchetto, Julia S Gerke, Rebeca Alba Rubio, Merve M Kiran, Julian Musa, Maximilian M L Knott, Shunya Ohmura, Jing Li, Nusret Akpolat, Ayse N Akatli, Özlem Özen, Uta Dirksen, Wolfgang Hartmann, Enrique de Alava, Daniel Baumhoer, Giuseppina Sannino, Thomas Kirchner, Thomas G P Grünewald
Ewing sarcoma is an undifferentiated small-round-cell sarcoma. Although molecular detection of pathognomonic EWSR1-ETS fusions such as EWSR1-FLI1 enables definitive diagnosis, substantial confusion can arise if molecular diagnostics are unavailable. Diagnosis based on the conventional immunohistochemical marker CD99 is unreliable due to its abundant expression in morphological mimics. To identify novel diagnostic immunohistochemical markers for Ewing sarcoma, we performed comparative expression analyses in 768 tumors representing 21 entities including Ewing-like sarcomas, which confirmed that CIC-DUX4- , BCOR-CCNB3- , EWSR1-NFATc2- , and EWSR1-ETS -translocated sarcomas are distinct entities, and revealed that ATP1A1 , BCL11B , and GLG1 constitute specific markers for Ewing sarcoma...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Wen-Jun Xiao, Yu Zhu, Yao Zhu, Bo Dai, Ding-Wei Ye
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the eighth edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) for clinical staging of prostate cancer based upon Surveillance, Epidemiology and, End Results (SEER) database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients diagnosed as prostate adenocarcinoma during 2004-2009 without any surgical treatment to the primary site were selected from the SEER registry. Excluded were cases with incomplete or unavailable staging, PSA and Gleason score information...
January 25, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Rita O Oladele, Felix Bongomin, Sara Gago, David W Denning
Cryptococcal disease remains a significant source of global morbidity and mortality for people living with HIV, especially in resource-limited settings. The recently updated estimate of cryptococcal disease revealed a global incidence of 223,100 cases annually with 73% of these cases being diagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, 75% of the estimated 181,100 deaths associated with cryptococcal disease occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Point-of-care diagnostic assays have revolutionised the diagnosis of this deadly opportunistic infection...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
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