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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458156/how-to-isolate-identify-and-determine-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-anaerobic-bacteria-in-routine-laboratories
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REVIEW
Elisabeth Nagy, Lyudmila Boyanova, Ulrik S Justesen
BACKGROUND: There has been an increased interest in the study of anaerobic bacteria, which cause human infection during the past decade. Many new genera and species have been described by to use 16S rRNA gene sequencing of clinical isolates obtained from different infection sites with commercially available special culture media to support the growth of anaerobes. Several systems, such as anaerobic pouches, boxes, jars and chambers provide suitable anaerobic culture conditions to isolate even strict anaerobic bacteria successfully from clinical specimens...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457570/infant-formulae-supplemented-with-prebiotics-are-they-better-than-unsupplemented-formulae-an-updated-systematic-review
#2
Agata Skórka, Małgorzata Pieścik-Lech, Maciej Kołodziej, Hania Szajewska
In 2011, the Committee on Nutrition of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition systematically reviewed published evidence related to the safety and health effects of the administration of formulae supplemented with pro- and/or prebiotics compared with unsupplemented formulae. We updated evidence on the effects of the administration of prebiotic-supplemented infant formulae (IF) compared with unsupplemented IF. Five databases were searched up to March 2017 for randomised controlled trials...
February 19, 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457312/update-on-tuberculosis-biomarkers-from-correlates-of-risk-to-correlates-of-active-disease-and-of-cure-from-disease
#3
REVIEW
Delia Goletti, Meng-Rui Lee, Jann-Yuan Wang, Nicholas Walter, Tom H M Ottenhoff
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a devastating disease, yet despite its enormous toll on global health, tools to control TB are insufficient and often outdated. TB Biomarkers (TB-BM) would constitute extremely useful tools to measure infection status and predict outcome of infection, vaccination or therapy. There are several types of TB-BM: Correlate of Infection; Correlate of TB Disease; Correlate of Increased Risk of Developing Active TB Disease; Correlate of the Curative Response to Therapy; and Correlate of Protection (CoP)...
February 18, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455271/progressive-supranuclear-palsy-an-update
#4
REVIEW
Melissa J Armstrong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a 4R tau neuropathologic entity. While historically defined by the presence of a vertical supranuclear gaze palsy and falls in the first symptomatic year, clinicopathologic studies identify alternate presenting phenotypes. This article reviews the new PSP diagnostic criteria, diagnostic approaches, and treatment strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: The 2017 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society PSP criteria outline 14 core clinical features and 4 clinical clues that combine to diagnose one of eight PSP phenotypes with probable, possible, or suggestive certainty...
February 17, 2018: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454631/update-on-visual-function-and-choroidal-retinal-thickness-alterations-in-parkinson-s-disease
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J Obis, M Satue, R Alarcia, L E Pablo, E Garcia-Martin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative process that affects 7.5 million people around the world. Since 2004, several studies have demonstrated changes in various retinal layers in PD using optical coherence tomography (OCT). However, there are some discrepancies in the results of those studies. Some of them have correlated retinal thickness with the severity or duration of the disease, demonstrating that OCT measurements may be an innocuous and easy biomarker for PD progression. Other studies have demonstrated visual dysfunctions since early phases of the disease...
February 14, 2018: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454621/the-g-protein-coupled-receptors-deorphanization-landscape
#6
REVIEW
Céline Laschet, Nadine Dupuis, Julien Hanson
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are usually highlighted as being both the largest family of membrane proteins and the most productive source of drug targets. However, most of the GPCRs are understudied and hence cannot be used immediately for innovative therapeutic strategies. Besides, there are still around 100 orphan receptors, with no described endogenous ligand and no clearly defined function. The race to discover new ligands for these elusive receptors seems to be less intense than before. Here, we present an update of the various strategies employed to assign a function to these receptors and to discover new ligands...
February 15, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454493/updating-the-recommendations-for-treatment-of-tardive-syndromes-a-systematic-review-of-new-evidence-and-practical-treatment-algorithm
#7
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Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Onanong Jitkritsadakul, Joseph H Friedman, Stanley Fahn
BACKGROUND: Management of tardive syndromes (TS) is challenging, with only a few evidence-based therapeutic algorithms reported in the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline in 2013. OBJECTIVE: To update the evidence-based recommendations and provide a practical treatment algorithm for management of TS by addressing 5 questions: 1) Is withdrawal of dopamine receptor blocking agents (DRBAs) an effective TS treatment? 2) Does switching from typical to atypical DRBAs reduce TS symptoms? 3) What is the efficacy of pharmacologic agents in treating TS? 4) Do patients with TS benefit from chemodenervation with botulinum toxin? 5) Do patients with TS benefit from surgical therapy? METHODS: Systematic reviews were conducted by searching PsycINFO, Ovid MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and Cochrane for articles published between 2012 and 2017 to identify new evidence published after the 2013 AAN guidelines...
February 5, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454468/systematic-review-meta-analysis-and-a-high-volume-center-experience-supporting-the-new-role-of-mural-nodules-proposed-by-the-updated-2017-international-guidelines-on-ipmn-of-the-pancreas
#8
Giovanni Marchegiani, Stefano Andrianello, Alex Borin, Chiara Dal Borgo, Giampaolo Perri, Tommaso Pollini, Giorgia Romanò, Mirko D'Onofrio, Armando Gabbrielli, Aldo Scarpa, Giuseppe Malleo, Claudio Bassi, Roberto Salvia
BACKGROUND: Mural nodules (MNs) have a predominant role in the 2016 revision of the international guidelines on intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN) of the pancreas. The aim of this study was to evaluate MNs as predictors of invasive cancer (iCa) or high-grade dysplasia (HGD) in IPMNs and to investigate the role of MN size in risk prediction. METHODS: A PRISMA-compliant systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis on selected studies were conducted...
February 14, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454048/new-insights-into-the-molecular-characteristics-of-pulmonary-carcinoids-and-large-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinomas-and-the-impact-on-their-clinical-management
#9
REVIEW
J L Derks, N Leblay, S Lantuejoul, A M Dingemans, E J M Speel, L Fernandez-Cuesta
Carcinoids and large-cell neuroendocrine carcinomas (LCNEC) are rare neuroendocrine lung tumors. Here we provide an overview of the most updated data on the molecular characteristics of these diseases. Recent genomic studies showed that carcinoids generally contain a low mutational burden and few recurrently mutated genes. Most of the reported mutations occur in chromatin-remodeling genes (e.g. MEN1), and few affect genes of the PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway. Aggressive disease has been related to chromothripsis, DNA-repair gene mutations, loss of OTP/CD44, and upregulation of RET gene expression...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453989/management-of-bacterial-postoperative-endophthalmitis-and-the-role-of-vitrectomy
#10
REVIEW
Ben Clarke, Tom Williamson, Giampaolo Gini, Bhaskar Gupta
Management of postoperative bacterial endophthalmitis was explored in the Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study37 (EVS) in 1995, which has underpinned the core protocols in treatment ever since. While surgical techniques have continued to evolve, little has changed in the overall clinical management as no further large randomized controlled trials have taken place. We review the literature addressing the incidence of endophthalmitis, pathogens, antibiotic therapies, and the role of vitrectomy. We suggest an update to management protocols based on available evidence...
February 14, 2018: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453728/single-site-port-robotic-assisted-hysterectomy-an-update
#11
REVIEW
Christos Iavazzo, Evelyn Eleni Minis, Ioannis D Gkegkes
Single-incision approach in robotic gynecology is a relatively new concept. The role of single-port systems in robotic hysterectomy, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as the technical challenges, are still under investigation. A systematic review was performed by searching in PubMed and Scopus databases. In 810 out of 1225 patients, hysterectomy was performed for non-neoplastic disease. Single-Site ® was the most common port system. Duration of the procedure and relative blood loss ranged from 60 to 311 min and 7 to 750 ml, respectively...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452953/the-archaellum-an-update-on-the-unique-archaeal-motility-structure
#12
REVIEW
Sonja-Verena Albers, Ken F Jarrell
Each of the three domains of life exhibits a unique motility structure: while Bacteria use flagella, Eukarya employ cilia, and Archaea swim using archaella. Since the new name for the archaeal motility structure was proposed, in 2012, a significant amount of new data on the regulation of transcription of archaella operons, the structure and function of archaellum subunits, their interactions, and cryo-EM data on in situ archaellum complexes in whole cells have been obtained. These data support the notion that the archaellum is evolutionary and structurally unrelated to the flagellum, but instead is related to archaeal and bacterial type IV pili and emphasize that it is a motility structure unique to the Archaea...
February 13, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452779/management-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-a-care-pathway-and-update
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REVIEW
Giampiero Capobianco, Massimo Madonia, Sonia Morelli, Francesco Dessole, Davide De Vita, Pier Luigi Cherchi, Salvatore Dessole
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a condition characterized by an involuntary loss of urine occurring as result of an increase in intra-abdominal pressure due to effort or exertion or on sneezing or coughing. Estimates of its prevalence in the female population range from 10% to 40%. A literature search of the Medline, Cochrane library, EMBASE, NLH, ClinicalTrials.gov and Google Scholar databases was done up to July 2017, restricted to English-language articles, using terms related to SUI, medical therapy, surgical therapy and treatment options...
March 2018: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452560/health-care-efficiencies-consolidation-and-alternative-models-vs-health-care-and-antitrust-regulation-irreconcilable-differences
#14
Michael W King
Despite the U.S. substantially outspending peer high income nations with almost 18% of GDP dedicated to health care, on any number of statistical measurements from life expectancy to birth rates to chronic disease, 1 the U.S. achieves inferior health outcomes. In short, Americans receive a very disappointing return on investment on their health care dollars, causing economic and social strain. 2 Accordingly, the debates rage on: what is the top driver of health care spending? Among the culprits: poor communication and coordination among disparate providers, paperwork required by payors and regulations, well-intentioned physicians overprescribing treatments, drugs and devices, outright fraud and abuse, and medical malpractice litigation...
November 2017: American Journal of Law & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451807/coenzyme-q-10-from-bench-to-clinic-in-aging-diseases-a-translational-review
#15
Francisco M Gutierrez-Mariscal, Elena M Yubero-Serrano, Jose M Villalba, Jose Lopez-Miranda
Coenzyme Q 10 (CoQ 10 ) is a ubiquitous molecule present in all eukaryotic organisms whose principal role in the cell is related to its participation in the electron transport chain in the inner mitochondrial membrane. CoQ 10 plays a major role in the control of cell redox status, and both the amount and functionality of this molecule have been related to the regulation of reactive oxygen species generation. Numerous reports can be found discussing the implications of CoQ 10 supplementation in human studies and clinical trials related to aging...
February 16, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451021/the-uva-padova-type-1-diabetes-simulator-goes-from-single-meal-to-single-day
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Roberto Visentin, Enrique Campos-Náñez, Michele Schiavon, Dayu Lv, Martina Vettoretti, Marc Breton, Boris P Kovatchev, Chiara Dalla Man, Claudio Cobelli
BACKGROUND: A new version of the UVA/Padova Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Simulator is presented which provides a more realistic testing scenario. The upgrades to the previous simulator, which was accepted by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013, are described. METHOD: Intraday variability of insulin sensitivity (S I ) has been modeled, based on clinical T1D data, accounting for both intra- and intersubject variability of daily S I . Thus, time-varying distributions of both subject's basal insulin infusion and insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio were calculated and made available to the user...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449144/a-dynamic-graph-cuts-method-with-integrated-multiple-feature-maps-for-segmenting-kidneys-in-2d-ultrasound-images
#17
Qiang Zheng, Steven Warner, Gregory Tasian, Yong Fan
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Automatic segmentation of kidneys in ultrasound (US) images remains a challenging task because of high speckle noise, low contrast, and large appearance variations of kidneys in US images. Because texture features may improve the US image segmentation performance, we propose a novel graph cuts method to segment kidney in US images by integrating image intensity information and texture feature maps. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We develop a new graph cuts-based method to segment kidney US images by integrating original image intensity information and texture feature maps extracted using Gabor filters...
February 12, 2018: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448084/radiotherapy-controversies-and-prospective-in-head-and-neck-cancer-a-literature-based-critical-review
#18
REVIEW
Francesca De Felice, Antonella Polimeni, Valentino Valentini, Orlando Brugnoletti, Andrea Cassoni, Antonio Greco, Marco de Vincentiis, Vincenzo Tombolini
In treating head and neck cancer (HNC), the objectives are provided for best functional results and minimal risk of serious complications. The choice of appropriate management depends primarily on specific site and stage of primary tumor at diagnosis. Radiation therapy (RT) with or without concomitant chemotherapy represents a classical treatment option. In this review, we provide an update of recent research strategies to counteract the existing damage caused by RT and highlight clinical trials currently in progress...
February 12, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447711/no-355-physiologic-basis-of-pain-in-labour-and-delivery-an-evidence-based-approach-to-its-management
#19
Julie Bonapace, Guy-Paul Gagné, Nils Chaillet, Raymonde Gagnon, Emmanuelle Hébert, Sarah Buckley
OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence relating to nonpharmacological approaches in the management of pain during labour and delivery. To formulate recommendations for the usage of nonpharmacological approaches to pain management. OPTIONS: Nonpharmacological methods available for pain management during labour and delivery exist. These should be included in the counselling and care of women. EVIDENCE: PubMed and Medline were searched for articles in French and English on subjects related to "breastfeeding," "pain," "epidural," "anaesthesia," "analgesia," "labour," "labor," and combined with "gate control theory," "alternative therapies," "massage," "position," "mobility," "TENS," "bathing," "DNIC," "acupuncture," "acupressure," "sterile water injection," "higher center," "control mind," "cognitive structuring," "holistic health," "complementary therapy(ies)," "breathing," "relaxation," "mental imagery," "visualization," "mind focusing," "hypnosis," "auto-hypnosis," "sophrology," "mind and body interventions," "music," "odors," "biofeedback," "Lamaze," "Bonapace," "prenatal training," "gymnastic," "chanting," "haptonomy," "environment," "transcutaneous electrical stimulus-stimulation," "antenatal education," "support," "continuous support," "psychosocial support," "psychosomatic medicine," "supportive care," "companion," "intrapartum care," "nurse," "midwife(ves)," "father," "doula," "caregiver," " hormones," "oxytocin," "endorphin," "prolactin," "catecholamine," "adrenaline," and "noradrenaline" from 1990 to December 2015...
February 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447109/sepsis-2018-definitions-and-guideline-changes
#20
Lena M Napolitano
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a global healthcare issue and continues to be the leading cause of death from infection. Early recognition and diagnosis of sepsis is required to prevent the transition into septic shock, which is associated with a mortality rate of 40% or more. DISCUSSION: New definitions for sepsis and septic shock (Third International Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock [Sepsis-3]) have been developed. A new screening tool for sepsis (quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment [qSOFA]) has been proposed to predict the likelihood of poor outcome in out-of-intensive care unit (ICU) patients with clinical suspicion of sepsis...
February 2018: Surgical Infections
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