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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922658/impact-of-minimally-invasive-surfactant-therapy-in-preterm-infants-at-29-32-weeks-gestation
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Peter A Dargaville, Sanoj K M Ali, Hamish D Jackson, Christopher Williams, Antonio G De Paoli
BACKGROUND: Most preterm infants born at 29-32 weeks gestation now avoid intubation in early life, and thus lack the usual conduit through which exogenous surfactant is given if needed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to examine whether a technique of minimally invasive surfactant therapy used selectively at 29-32 weeks gestation would improve outcomes. METHODS: We studied the impact of selective administration of surfactant (poractant alfa 100-200 mg/kg) by thin catheter in infants with respiratory distress syndrome on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)...
September 19, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922048/effect-of-dry-needling-on-myofascial-pain-syndrome-of-the-quadratus-femoris-a-case-report
#2
Sudarshan Anandkumar
This case report describes a 40-year-old male who presented with posterior thigh pain managed unsuccessfully with massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and physical therapy. The diagnosis of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) involving the quadratus femoris (QF) was purely clinical, based on palpatory findings and ruling out other conditions through deductive reasoning. This is potentially a first time report, describing the successful management of MPS of the QF with dry needling (DN) using a recently published DN grading system...
September 18, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921818/blinatumomab-activity-in-a-patient-with-down-syndrome-b-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Aman Wadhwa, Matthew A Kutny, Ana C Xavier
Persistent minimal residual disease (MRD) after consolidation may indicate chemotherapy insensitivity in B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BP-ALL). Given the strong association of MRD and outcome in non-Down syndrome (non-DS) BP-ALL, it is likely that MRD levels are also of prognostic significance in DS BP-ALL. We report here the successful use of blinatumomab, a bispecific T-cell engager antibody construct, in a patient with DS BP-ALL and persistent MRD at the end of consolidation. Blinatumomab has been shown to have excellent results in patients with relapsed/refractory BP-ALL...
September 17, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921562/a-novel-approach-using-long-read-sequencing-and-ddpcr-to-investigate-gonadal-mosaicism-and-estimate-recurrence-risk-in-two-families-with-developmental-disorders
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Maria Wilbe, Sanna Gudmundsson, Josefin Johansson, Adam Ameur, Eva-Lena Stattin, Göran Annerén, Helena Malmgren, Carina Frykholm, Marie-Louise Bondeson
OBJECTIVE: De novo mutations contribute significantly to severe early-onset genetic disorders. Even if the mutation is apparently de novo there is a recurrence risk due to parental germ line mosaicism, depending on the gonadal generation the mutation occurred. METHODS: We demonstrate the power of using SMRT sequencing and ddPCR to determine parental origin and allele frequencies of de novo mutations in germ cells in two families whom had undergone assisted reproduction...
September 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920784/treatment-success-in-three-andean-bears-tremarctos-ornatus-with-alopecia-syndrome-using-oclacitinib-maleate-apoquel%C3%A2
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Gabby J Drake, Tim Nuttall, Javier López, William Magnone, Antoine Leclerc, Romain Potier, Alexis Lécu, Maëlle Guézénec, Lydia Kolter, Amélie Nicolau, Karin Lemberger, Didier Pin, Sallie B Cosgrove
Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus) alopecia syndrome (ABAS) commonly affects captive bears, particularly sexually mature females. ABAS is characterized by bilaterally symmetrical predominantly flank alopecia with or without profound pruritus and secondary bacterial and Malassezia infections. There is no effective treatment and severely affected bears have been euthanized. This paper describes the successful management of ABAS in three female Andean bears. Skin biopsies and cytology revealed a mixed dermal inflammatory infiltrate, alopecia, hyperkeratosis, and Malassezia dermatitis...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920039/treatment-option-for-refractory-postherpetic-neuralgia-transversus-abdominis-plane-tap-block-two-case-reports
#6
Sun Kyung Park, Yun Suk Choi
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a severe neuropathic pain syndrome. The treatment of PHN is complex and refractory in some patients. We present two cases with refractory anterior abdominal wall pain due to PHN that were successfully treated with transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block. The TAP block seems to be an alternative for patients with PHN who suffer from anterior abdominal wall pain accompanied by allodynia and hyperalgesia and do not respond to the existing conservative treatments.
February 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919233/craniospinal-germinomas-in-a-patient-with-down-syndrome-successfully-treated-with-standard-dose-chemotherapy-and-craniospinal-irradiation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Yohei Miyake, Jun-Ichi Adachi, Tomonari Suzuki, Kazuhiko Mishima, Atsushi Sasaki, Ryo Nishikawa
BACKGROUND: Patients with Down syndrome (DS) are more likely to develop chemotherapy-related complications. The standard treatment for these patients with cancers has not yet been established, and the risks of standard chemotherapy are unclear. In this paper, a rare case of multiple craniospinal germinomas in a patient with DS, which was successfully treated with standard-dose chemotherapy combined with craniospinal irradiation is reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: The authors report a case of multiple craniospinal germinomas in a DS patient who presented with bilateral oculomotor and facial nerve palsy and hearing loss...
September 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919071/validation-of-the-retrieve-reverse-triage-events-criteria-for-same-day-return-of-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-to-referring-non-pci-centres
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Sonya N Burgess, Vu Huynh Nguyen, James Xu, Yoshio Hinde, Anoop Dharmadmajan, Xavier Brennan, Karen Owen, Karen Lintern, Craig Juergens, Sidney Lo, Phong Nguyen, Krishna K Kadappu, John K French, Rohan Rajaratnam
BACKGROUND: There are continuing bed constraints in percutaneous coronary intervention centres (PCI) so efficient patient triage from referral hospitals is pivotal. To evaluate a strategy of PCI centre (PCIC) bed-sparing we examined return of patients to referral hospitals screened by the RETRIEVE (REverse TRIage EVEnts) criteria and validated its use as a tool for screening suitability for same day transfer of non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTEACS) patients post PCI to their referring non-PCI centre (NPCIC)...
August 19, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918296/trichobezoar-with-and-without-rapunzel-syndrome-in-paediatric-population-a-case-series-from-a-tertiary-care-centre-of-northern-india
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Pradeep Kajal, Namita Bhutani, Niharika Tyagi, Pratibha Arya
INTRODUCTION: Trichobezoars are concretions formed by accumulation of hair in stomach. Usually, trichobezoar is confined to the stomach, but rarely it may extend from the stomach to the small intestine and even colon. This is an unusual form called Rapunzel syndrome. Our experience with this rare entity of Rapunzel syndrome and interesting entity of trichobezoar is being presented with review of literature. PRESENTATION OF CASES: We, at our institute, encountered four cases of trichobezoar in last five years, out of which two were found to be of Rapunzel syndrome...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918231/highly-sensitive-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-hiv-related-dna-based-on-dynamic-and-structural-dna-nanodevices
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Wei Diao, Min Tang, Shijia Ding, Xinmin Li, Wenbin Cheng, Fei Mo, Xiaoyu Yan, Hongmin Ma, Yurong Yan
Early detection, diagnosis and treatment of human immune deficiency virus (HIV) infection is the key to reduce acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) mortality. In our research, an innovative surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensing strategy has been developed for highly sensitive detection of HIV-related DNA based on entropy-driven strand displacement reactions (ESDRs) and double-layer DNA tetrahedrons (DDTs). ESDRs as enzyme-free and label-free signal amplification circuit can be specifically triggered by target DNA, leading to the cyclic utilization of target DNA and the formation of plentiful double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) products...
September 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918053/ush2a-gene-editing-using-the-crispr-system
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Carla Fuster-García, Gema García-García, Elisa González-Romero, Teresa Jaijo, María D Sequedo, Carmen Ayuso, Rafael P Vázquez-Manrique, José M Millán, Elena Aller
Usher syndrome (USH) is a rare autosomal recessive disease and the most common inherited form of combined visual and hearing impairment. Up to 13 genes are associated with this disorder, with USH2A being the most prevalent, due partially to the recurrence rate of the c.2299delG mutation. Excluding hearing aids or cochlear implants for hearing impairment, there are no medical solutions available to treat USH patients. The repair of specific mutations by gene editing is, therefore, an interesting strategy that can be explored using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916255/impact-of-nonfasting-triglycerides-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-ratio-on-secondary-prevention-in-patients-treated-with-statins
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Ichiro Matsumoto, Atsushi Misaki, Mizuki Kurozumi, Tsunetatsu Nanba, Yuichiro Takagi
BACKGROUND: Some studies have demonstrated that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapy is one of the most important strategies to prevent coronary artery disease. Also, serum triglycerides (TG) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) are recognized as independent risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the nonfasting TG/HDL-C ratio could affect the incidence of cardiovascular events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) even in patients treated with statins...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915160/current-insights-in-obstetric-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Karen Schreiber, Massimo Radin, Savino Sciascia
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is defined as the association of thrombotic events and/or obstetric morbidity in patients persistently positive for antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). In this review, we will highlight the most important clinical presentations of APS with a focus on the obstetric morbidity, the current management strategies and the outlook for the future. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of aspirin and heparin has improved the pregnancy outcome in obstetric APS and approximately 70% of pregnant women with APS have a successful pregnancy outcome...
September 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914855/-late-onset-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-a-patient-with-successfully-treated-iga-nephropathy
#14
N V Chebotareva, I N Bobkova, S V Gulyaev
The paper describes a rare clinical case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that developed in a patient 9 years after diagnosing IgA nephropathy. Kidney disease was characterized by a stable course with moderate urinary syndrome, hypertension, and reduced renal function. Immunosuppressive therapy using glucocorticosteroids and then mycophenolic acid led to remission of nephritis and recovery of renal function. However, the absence of nephritis activity and discontinuation of immunosuppressants was responsible for articular syndrome...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913711/emergency-neurological-life-support-resuscitation-following-cardiac-arrest
#15
Jonathan Elmer, Kees H Polderman
Cardiac arrest is the most common cause of death in North America. An organized bundle of neurocritical care interventions can improve chances of survival and neurological recovery in patients who are successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest. Therefore, resuscitation following cardiac arrest was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support protocol. Key aspects of successful early post-arrest management include: prevention of secondary brain injury; identification of treatable causes of arrest in need of emergent intervention; and, delayed neurological prognostication...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910912/-percutaneous-catheterization-for-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-a-retrospective-case-series
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X Y Li, H Y He, X Tang, R Wang, C Y Zhang, S Q Wang, B Sun, Z H Tong
Objective: To review the experience of percutaneous catheterization for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) by respiratory intensivists at a single institution. Methods: A retrospective review of 87 patients undergoing percutaneous catheterization for ECMO in Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from November 2009 to January 2017. Subject demographics, type of support, cannulation configuration, types of cannulas, use of imaging modalities, and complications were recorded and summarized...
September 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910802/effects-of-expanded-hemodialysis-therapy-on-clinical-outcomes
#17
Sandip Mitra, Kunaal Kharbanda
The invention of dialysis has been a phenomenal advance in the treatment of kidney failure. The introduction of artificial kidneys in clinical care remains one of the most successful lifesaving interventions in modern medicine. Its glory, however, has been tempered by poor long-term outcomes and a negative qualitative impact on the lives of patients who suffer from an extremely complex, burdensome, and restricted life on dialysis. There remains a huge gap in patient well-being and outcomes between artificial kidney treatments and kidney transplantation...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906021/primary-hyperparathyroidism-dynamic-postoperative-metabolic-changes
#18
Reto Martin Kaderli, Philipp Riss, Angelika Geroldinger, Andreas Selberherr, Christian Scheuba, Bruno Niederle
OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the natural changes in parathyroid function after successful parathyroid surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism. The association of intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and calcium (Ca) with "temporary hypoparathyroidism" and "hungry bone syndrome" (HBS) was evaluated. DESIGN: Potential risk factors for temporary hypoparathyroidism and HBS were evaluated by taking blood samples before surgery, intraoperatively, at post-operative day (POD) 1, at POD 5 to 7, in postoperative week (POW) 8 and in postoperative month (POM) 6...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905254/use-of-eculizumab-in-a-systemic-lupus-erythemathosus-patient-presenting-thrombotic-microangiopathy-and-heterozygous-deletion-in-cfhr1-cfhr3-a-case-report-and-systematic-review
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Maria Izabel de Holanda, Luis Cristóvão Pôrto, Teresa Wagner, Luis Fernando Christiani, Lilian M P Palma
The association of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been described in 0.5 to 10% of cases, and patients present worse outcome. TMA is described as the association of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and an organ injury, frequently the kidney. This study describes a successful case of use of eculizumab in a patient with SLE and TMA refractory to standard therapy, and provides a literature review. Case description and search in PubMed and MEDLINE using systemic lupus erythemathous and/or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and eculizumab retrieved 15 case reports...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905146/long-range-temporal-correlations-reflect-treatment-response-in-the-electroencephalogram-of-patients-with-infantile-spasms
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Rachel J Smith, Amanda Sugijoto, Neggy Rismanchi, Shaun A Hussain, Daniel W Shrey, Beth A Lopour
Infantile spasms syndrome is an epileptic encephalopathy in which prompt diagnosis and treatment initiation are critical to therapeutic response. Diagnosis of the disease heavily depends on the identification of characteristic electroencephalographic (EEG) patterns, including hypsarrhythmia. However, visual assessment of the presence and characteristics of hypsarrhythmia is challenging because multiple variants of the pattern exist, leading to poor inter-rater reliability. We investigated whether a quantitative measurement of the control of neural synchrony in the EEGs of infantile spasms patients could be used to reliably distinguish the presence of hypsarrhythmia and indicate successful treatment outcomes...
September 13, 2017: Brain Topography
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