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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779247/randomised-controlled-trials-define-shape-of-dose-response-for-pollinex-quattro-birch-allergoid-immunotherapy
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Margitta Worm, Tim Higenbottam, Oliver Pfaar, Ralph Mösges, Werner Aberer, Kulasiri Gunawardena, Dorothea Wessiepe, Denise Lee, Matthias F Kramer, Murray Skinner, Bev Lees, Stefan Zielen
BACKGROUND: The Birch Allergoid, Tyrosine Adsorbate, Monophosphoryl Lipid A (POLLINEX® Quattro Plus 1.0 ml Birch 100%) is an effective, well-tolerated short course subcutaneous immunotherapy. We performed two phase II studies to determine its optimal cumulative dose. METHODS: The studies were conducted in Germany, Austria and Poland (EudraCT numbers: 2012-004336-28 PQBirch203 and 2015-000984-15 PQBirch204) using a wide range of cumulative doses. In both studies, subjects were administered 6 therapy injections weekly outside the pollen season...
May 19, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779219/immunohistochemical-and-molecular-analysis-of-spitzoid-neoplasms-with-pulverocyte-subclones
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S M Amin, A M Haugh, J A Bubley, A E Verzì, E A Merkel, C Y Lee, V L Quan, E M Garfield, L M Sholl, B Zhang, P Gerami
BACKGROUND: Clonal naevi are characterized by a focal proliferation of pigmented melanocytes in an otherwise banal naevus. These subclones are often composed of aggregates of larger, epithelioid melanocytes with nuclear atypia and dusty-grey cytoplasmic pigmentation, which are referred to as 'pulverocytes', and this finding may lead to a misdiagnosis of malignant melanoma (MM). AIM: To characterize the significance of subclones of dusty-grey pigmented epithelioid melanocytes within spitzoid neoplasms...
May 20, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779188/vitreomacular-interface-abnormalities-in-patients-with-diabetic-macular-oedema-and-their-implications-on-the-response-to-anti-vegf-therapy
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Michael Mikhail, Stephen Stewart, Felicia Seow, Ruth Hogg, Noemi Lois
PURPOSE: To determine whether the presence of vitreomacular interface abnormalities (VMIA) in patients with diabetic macular oedema (DMO) modifies the response to ranibizumab. METHODS: Medical records and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) scans of consecutive patients with centre-involving DMO initiating therapy with ranibizumab between December 2013 and March 2014 at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust were reviewed. Patients were identified through an electronic database...
May 19, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779154/the-effect-of-meteorological-conditions-and-air-pollution-on-the-occurrence-of-type-a-and-b-acute-aortic-dissections
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Nan Xie, Liqun Zou, Lei Ye
To explore the association of weather conditions and air pollutants with incidence risk of acute aortic dissection (AAD), we included patients who consecutively admitted to the emergency units of our hospital for AAD between Dec. 1, 2013, and Apr. 30, 2017. Their medical records were reviewed. The meteorological data (daily precipitation, minimal and maximal temperatures, mean atmospheric pressure, relative humidity) and air pollutants values [air daily index (AQI), aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 mm or less (PM2...
May 19, 2018: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779151/genetic-portrait-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-an-aksu-uyghur-population-based-on-the-19-x-str-system
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Ye Li, Jihong Zeng, Yujiang Fan, Guanglin He, Mingkun Xie, Tianzhen Gao, Shouyu Wang, Jin Wu
The X chromosome has a special mode of inheritance, and is thus a rich resource for population studies. In this study, the allele frequencies and forensic statistics of the 19 X chromosomal short tandem repeat loci were evaluated in 500 Uyghur individuals from Aksu Prefecture in northwest China. We further aimed to study whether the Uyghur populations located in various regions of Xinjiang share similar allele and haplotype frequency distributions, as they have experienced genetic exchanges. Population comparisons, PCA and MDS were performed for the Uyghurs and 27 populations and the results indicate that the Uyghur minority in Aksu has a relatively close phylogenetic relationship with East Asians, especially the Kazakh minority...
May 19, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779143/health-related-quality-of-life-in-coronary-heart-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-mapped-against-the-international-classification-of-functioning-disability-and-health
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Jana Le, Diana S Dorstyn, Elias Mpfou, Elise Prior, Phillip J Tully
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is an important outcome in coronary heart disease (CHD). However, variability in HRQoL indicators suggests a need to consider domain coverage. This review applies a globally accepted framework, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), to map HRQoL measures that are reliable and valid among people with CHD. METHODS: The Embase, Pubmed and PsycInfo databases were searched, with 10 observational studies comparing HRQOL among 4786 adults with CHD to 50949 controls identified...
May 19, 2018: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779084/disease-activity-patterns-recorded-using-a-mobile-monitoring-system-are-associated-with-clinical-outcomes-of-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Eun Soo Kim, Sung Kook Kim, Byung Ik Jang, Kyeong Ok Kim, Eun Young Kim, Yoo Jin Lee, Hyun Seok Lee, Sang Gyu Kwak
BACKGROUND: Usefulness of a mobile monitoring system for Crohn's disease (CD) has not been evaluated. We aimed to determine whether disease activity patterns depicted using a web-based symptom diary for CD could indicate disease clinical outcomes. METHODS: Patients with CD from tertiary hospitals were prospectively invited to record their symptoms using a smartphone at least once a week. Disease activity patterns for at least 2 months were statistically classified into good and poor groups based on two factors in two consecutive time frames; the degree of score variation (maximum-minimum) in each frame and the trend (upward, stationary, or downward) of patterns indicated by the difference in the mean activity scores between two time frames...
May 19, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779056/posterior-only-versus-combined-anterior-posterior-fusion-in-scheuermann-disease-a-large-retrospective-study
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Guillaume Riouallon, Christian Morin, Yann-Philippe Charles, Pierre Roussouly, Gaby Kreichati, Ibrahim Obeid, Stéphane Wolff
PURPOSE: The literature shows controversies concerning surgical treatment of Scheuermann's kyphosis between posterior-only fixation and combined anterior/posterior fusion. The aim of this study is to compare the clinical and radiological results and the rate of complications between these two techniques. METHODS: We performed a multicentric retrospective review of 131 patients who underwent primary fusion for Scheuermann's kyphosis divided into two groups: 67 patients operated via posterior approach only and 64 operated via combined anterior/posterior approach...
May 19, 2018: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779033/genome-wide-association-study-of-renal-function-traits-results-from-the-japan-multi-institutional-collaborative-cohort-study
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Asahi Hishida, Masahiro Nakatochi, Masato Akiyama, Yoichiro Kamatani, Takeshi Nishiyama, Hidemi Ito, Isao Oze, Yuichiro Nishida, Megumi Hara, Naoyuki Takashima, Tanvir Chowdhury Turin, Miki Watanabe, Sadao Suzuki, Rie Ibusuki, Ippei Shimoshikiryo, Yohko Nakamura, Haruo Mikami, Hiroaki Ikezaki, Norihiro Furusyo, Kiyonori Kuriki, Kaori Endoh, Teruhide Koyama, Daisuke Matsui, Hirokazu Uemura, Kokichi Arisawa, Tae Sasakabe, Rieko Okada, Sayo Kawai, Mariko Naito, Yukihide Momozawa, Michiaki Kubo, Kenji Wakai
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a rapidly growing, worldwide public health problem. Recent advances in genome-wide-association studies (GWAS) revealed several genetic loci associated with renal function traits worldwide. METHODS: We investigated the association of genetic factors with the levels of serum creatinine (SCr) and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in Japanese population-based cohorts analyzing the GWAS imputed data with 11,221 subjects and 12,617,569 variants, and replicated the findings with the 148,829 hospital-based Japanese subjects...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779032/kidney-disease-in-women-is-associated-with-disadvantaged-childhood-socioeconomic-position
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Mark Canney, Siobhan Leahy, Siobhan Scarlett, Rose Anne Kenny, Mark A Little, Conall M O'Seaghdha, Cathal McCrory
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic position (SEP) is an important determinant of health and it is dynamic across the entire lifespan. We sought to investigate the relationship between life-course SEP and chronic kidney disease (CKD) using 3 conceptual models: critical period, pathway and accumulation. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of 4,996 participants from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, a nationally representative cohort of community-dwelling adults aged ≥50 years...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778992/school-area-road-safety-assessment-and-improvements-sarsai-programme-reduces-road-traffic-injuries-among-children-in-tanzania
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Ayikai Poswayo, Simon Kalolo, Katheryn Rabonovitz, Jeffrey Witte, Alejandro Guerrero
PURPOSE: To determine the impact of a paediatric road traffic injury (RTI) prevention programme in urban Sub-Saharan Africa. SETTING: Dares Salaam, Republic of Tanzania. METHODS: Household surveys were conducted in catchment areas around 18 primary schools in Dar es Salaam, Republic of Tanzania; the catchment areas were divided into control and intervention groups. Collected data included basic demographic information on all school-aged household members and whether or not they had been involved in an RTI in the previous 12 months, and, if so, what the characteristics of that RTI were...
May 19, 2018: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778968/environmental-risk-factors-associated-with-low-birth-weight-the-case-study-of-the-haifa-bay-area-in-israel
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Alina Svechkina, Jonathan Dubnov, Boris A Portnov
BACKGROUND: Low birth weight (LBW) is known to be associated with infant mortality and postnatal health complications. Previous studies revealed strong relationships between LBW rate and several socio-demographic factors, including ethnicity, maternal age, and family income. However, studies of association between LBW rate and environmental risk factors remain infrequent. STUDY METHODS: We retrieved a geo-referenced data set, containing 7216 individual records of children born in 2015 in the Haifa Bay Area in Israel...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778923/quantitative-proteomic-profiling-indicates-the-difference-in-reproductive-efficiency-between-meishan-and-duroc-boar-spermatozoa
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Li Xinhong, Linqing Zhen, Jieli Fu, Lirui Wang, Qiangzhen Yang, Peifei Li, Yuhua Li
The reproductive efficiency of Meishan pigs is higher than that of Duroc pigs, but the underlying molecular mechanism for this disparity remains unclear. No systematic quantitative proteomics studies, comparing global proteins in Meishan and Duroc boar spermatozoa have been reported. Therefore, we applied iTRAQ labeling coupled with mass spectrometry, and analyzed the differences in proteins between Meishan and Duroc sperm. In the present study, a total of 1597 proteins were quantified. Of these proteins, 190 showed statistically significant fold changes between Meishan and Duroc spermatozoa...
April 30, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778909/n-acetylcysteine-protects-against-diabetic-nephropathy-through-control-of-oxidative-and-nitrosative-stress-by-recovery-of-nitric-oxide-in-rats
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Guilherme B Nogueira, Giovana R Punaro, Clemerson S Oliveira, Fabiane R Maciel, Thamires O Fernandes, Deyse Y Lima, Adelson M Rodrigues, Margaret G Mouro, Sergio R R Araujo, Elisa M S Higa
The diabetes mellitus (DM) induces several changes, with substantial increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The ROS cause damage to systemic and renal microvasculature, which could be one of the mechanisms involved in the development of diabetic nephropathy (DN). The ROS modulate other substances like the nitric oxide (NO), a vasodilator with important role in the renal function. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antioxidant that acts replenishing intracellular cysteine levels, which is essential for glutathione formation...
May 17, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778886/perspectives-of-uv-nowcasting-to-monitor-personal-pro-health-outdoor-activities
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Janusz W Krzyścin, Aleksandra Lesiak, Joanna Narbutt, Piotr Sobolewski, Jakub Guzikowski
Nowcasting model for online monitoring of personal outdoor behaviour is proposed. It is envisaged that it will provide an effective e-tool used by smartphone users. The model could estimate maximum duration of safe (without erythema risk) outdoor activity. Moreover, there are options to estimate duration of sunbathing to get adequate amount of vitamin D3 and doses necessary for the antipsoriatic heliotherapy. The application requires information of starting time of sunbathing and the user's phototype. At the beginning the user will be informed of the approximate duration of sunbathing required to get the minimum erythemal dose, adequate amount of vitamin D3 , and the dose necessary for the antipsoriatic heliotherapy...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778837/defining-host-responses-during-systemic-bacterial-infection-through-construction-of-a-murine-organ-proteome-atlas
#16
John D Lapek, Robert H Mills, Jacob M Wozniak, Anaamika Campeau, Ronnie H Fang, Xiaoli Wei, Kirsten van de Groep, Araceli Perez-Lopez, Nina M van Sorge, Manuela Raffatellu, Rob Knight, Liangfang Zhang, David J Gonzalez
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) remains one of the top 10 deadliest human pathogens worldwide despite its sensitivity to penicillin. Although the most common GAS infection is pharyngitis (strep throat), it also causes life-threatening systemic infections. A series of complex networks between host and pathogen drive invasive infections, which have not been comprehensively mapped. Attempting to map these interactions, we examined organ-level protein dynamics using a mouse model of systemic GAS infection. We quantified over 11,000 proteins, defining organ-specific markers for all analyzed tissues...
April 28, 2018: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778769/mandatory-review-of-a-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-and-impact-on-opioid-and-benzodiazepine-dispensing
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Erin L Winstanley, Yifan Zhang, Rebecca Mashni, Sydney Schnee, Jonathan Penm, Jill Boone, Cameron McNamee, Neil J MacKinnon
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to determine whether Ohio House Bill 341, which mandated the use of Ohio's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), was an effective regulatory strategy to reduce opioid and benzodiazepine dispensing. METHOD: Secondary analysis of Ohio's PDMP data on prescription opioids and benzodiazepines dispensed from November 2014 to March 2017. An interrupted time series analysis was conducted to determine if there was a significant change in the quantity of opioids and benzodiazepines dispensed...
May 1, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778553/effects-of-non-thermal-plasma-on-sandblasted-titanium-dental-implants-in-beagle-dogs
#18
Yi-Wen Hung, Hui-Ling Chen, Li-Tsu Lee, Kwong-Chung Tung, Da-Tain Bau, Yong-Kie Wong
BACKGROUND: In this study, we investigated the effects of treating dental implants made from titanium with argon based non-thermal plasma, immediately before insertion on implant stability and bone formation. Biodegradable sandblasting and acid etching had been previously used to modify the surface of the implants. METHODS: To obtain data for 4-time points in triplicate with references, a total of 36 dental implants were divided into 2 groups; 18 implants served as the experimental group and received a spray containing non-thermal plasma, while the other 18 implants served as controls...
May 16, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778430/does-periurethral-cleaning-with-water-prior-to-indwelling-urinary-catheterization-increase-the-risk-of-urinary-tract-infections-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Kun Huang, Jihong Liang, Ting Mo, Yanli Zhou, Yanping Ying
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether periurethral cleaning with water before indwelling urinary catheterization increases the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) compared with studies using anti-infective agents. METHODS: A literature search via MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials through October 2017 and a manual search of references for additional relevant studies. Trials studying clean intermittent catheterization were excluded...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778415/interchangeability-of-counts-of-cases-and-hours-of-cases-for-quantifying-a-hospital-s-change-in-workload-among-four-week-periods-of-1-year
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Franklin Dexter, Richard H Epstein, Johannes Ledolter, Jonathan P Wanderer
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have made longitudinal assessments of case counts using State (e.g., United States) and Provincial (e.g., Canada) databases. Such databases rarely include either operating room (OR) or anesthesia times and, even when duration data are available, there are major statistical limitations to their use. We evaluated how to forecast short-term changes in OR caseload and workload (hours) and how to decide whether changes are outliers (e.g., significant, abrupt decline in anesthetics)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
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